OKBET RACING | Charles Leclerc is the Favorite in this Weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix.

When he takes to the track in front of his family and friends at this weekend’s 2022 Monaco Grand Prix, where he is the betting favorite with odds of -105, Charles Leclerc will be attempting to retake the top spot in the Formula One Drivers Standings.

Leclerc was in a position to win the Spanish Grand Prix last weekend in Barcelona, but he was forced to withdraw from the race due to technical issues. As a result, he was cheated out of what appeared to be an almost definite victory.

Because of this, Max Verstappen was able to capture the victory and regain his position at the top of the Standings. But despite the fact that he has won every race he has competed in so far this season and that he is coming back to Monaco as the event’s defending champion, Verstappen is only the +120 second favorite to win this competition.

Here is a look at the various odds and current trends in advance of Sunday’s running of the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix at Circuit de Monte Carlo at 9:00am Eastern Time.

DriverOdds to WinOdds to Finish Top ThreeOdds to Finish Top SixOdds to Finish Top 10
Charles Leclerc-105-300-500-600
Max Verstappen+120-300-450-600
Carlos Sainz+2000+120-300-450
George Russell+2000+200-300-450
Lewis Hamilton+2000+210-300-450
Sergio Perez+2500+165-300-450
Valtteri Bottas+10000+475+175-360
Lando Norris+20000+1000+145-200
Fernando Alonso+25000+1600+275-190
Esteban Ocon+30000+2000+350-175
Daniel Ricciardo+40000+2200+400+100
Mick Schumacher+50000+2800+1000+245
Yuki Tsunoda+80000+13000+1400+165
Pierre Gasly+80000+4000+750+125
Sebastian Vettel+80000+20000+2200+265
Lance Stroll+80000+20000+2800+330
Kevin Magnussen+80000+1800+450-140
Guanyu Zhou+80000+13000+1400+200
Alexander Albon+80000+20000+6500+350
Nicholas Latifi+90000+40000+15000+1800
Leclerc

Leclerc Trying to Break the Pointless Track Record in His Home Race

The breakout performance of Charles Leclerc and his Ferrari colleague Carlos Sainz Jr. has been the biggest story of the Formula 1 season thus far. Both drivers have been extremely successful when they have been able to complete races, with Sainz finishing on the podium in three of the four races he has competed in and Leclerc claiming three victories and two runner-up places. But whereas Sainz has demonstrated consistent improvement in Monte Carlo, culminating in a second-place finish a year ago, Leclerc has struggled in his home race. Sainz finished second last year.

At the event that took place the year before, the 24-year-old driver was scheduled to begin on the front row of the starting grid, but he was forced to pull out just before the green flag was waved. As a whole, Leclerc’s record at Monte Carlo is now a failure to finish in each of his three previous attempts there in his career. The unexplained power unit failure that halted Leclerc’s day in Barcelona is a factor that is making things more difficult for him, as Ferrari has not provided a comprehensive explanation for what happened.

Leclerc is a worthy -125 favorite to once again finish first in qualifying and grab the pole position for the fifth time this season. This is despite the fact that he has had some problems in the past while competing in his home event. And despite suffering a spin early on in the race in Barcelona, Sainz is still a strong high-value bet at +120 to finish on the podium for the fourth time this season. He was able to overcome this early mishap to earn fourth position in the race.

YearDriverMargin of VictoryPole PositionFastest Lap
2021Max Verstappen – Red Bull Racing8.968 secCharles Leclerc – FerrariLewis Hamilton – Mercedes
2020Race Cancelled due to COVID-19 Pandemicn/an/an/a
2019Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes2.062 secLewis Hamilton – MercedesPierre Gasly – Red Bull Racing
2018Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull Racing7.336 secDaniel Ricciardo – Red Bull RacingMax Verstappen – Red Bull Racing
2017Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari3.1450 secKimi Raikkonen – FerrariSergio Perez – Force India
2016Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes7.252 secDaniel Ricciardo – Red Bull RacingLewis Hamilton – Mercedes
2015Nico Rosberg – Mercedes4.486 secLewis Hamilton – MercedesDaniel Ricciardo – Red Bull Racing

Is it Possible for Verstappen to Make It Four Wins in a Row?

Max Verstappen’s success in Barcelona over the weekend was due in no small part to his consistent driving, his teammates’ efforts, and his own good fortune. The defending champion appeared to be headed for a second-place finish at best while dealing with mechanical issues that hindered his ability to take use of DRS. However, after taking the lead in the wake of Leclerc’s mishap, the champion was able to take home the title.

Verstappen is now riding high with a three-race win streak and a six-point lead over Leclerc in the Standings. In addition, Verstappen is well positioned to become the first driver in his career to win four consecutive races. Given his previous achievements in Monaco, the 24-year-old is still deserving of consideration as a value bet to take first place. In spite of this, concerns continue to linger over tensions within the Red Bull camp. These concerns stem from the fact that Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Perez was forced by team orders to hand over the lead to the defending champion in Barcelona, despite having better pace and avoiding technical issues. This caused Perez to hand over the lead to the champion despite enjoying better performance.

Perez, who Verstappen dubbed the “Mexican Minister of Defense” for his impressive exploits on the track that directly contributed to Verstappen’s championship victory last season, appeared less than delighted at settling for second place last weekend. Verstappen gave Perez this nickname for his impressive exploits on the track that directly contributed to Verstappen’s championship victory. Is it possible that this will cause “Checo,” who has previously placed in the top four in Monaco on two other occasions, and who is currently a +165 betting favorite to finish on the podium this weekend, to take a more egotistical and risky approach to the race on Sunday? Because of all of these unknown factors, it is difficult to feel excited about supporting the talented 30-year-old athlete this time around.

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