2022 Japanese Grand Prix F1 Odds, Preview, and Prediction

By Hank Blaine

Last Sunday, the Singapore Grand Prix ended in surprising fashion. Red Bull driver Sergio Perez locked down the top spot followed by Ferrari drivers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz Jr. Lando Norris finished fourth and Daniel Ricciardo finished fifth. Will Max Verstappen head back to the podium’s top spot on Sunday? Or was the Singapore GP a sign that Verstappen’s form has turned for the worse?

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2022 Japanese Grand Prix Race Info

  • When: Sunday, October 9th at 1:00 am ET
  • Where: Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka, Japan
  • TV: ESPN
  • Live Stream: Formula1.com
  • Circuit Length: 5.807 km
  • Laps: 53
  • Number of Corners: 18

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Odds to Win the 2022 Japanese Grand Prix

  • Max Verstappen -200
  • Charles Leclerc +300
  • Sergio Perez +1000
  • Lewis Hamilton +1200
  • Carlos Sainz +1600
  • George Russell +2000
  • Lando Norris +20000
  • Fernando Alonso +25000
  • Daniel Ricciardo +50000

2021 F1 Japanese GP Recap

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, F1 canceled the Japanese Grand Prix for both 2020 and 2021. In the 2019 race, Mercedes locked down their third straight victory when Valtteri Bottas crossed the finish line first.

Then Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel finished second. Bottas teammate Lewis Hamilton finished third. Fourth went to then Red Bull driver Alexander Albon. This year’s favorite, Max Verstappen, had to retire from the race due to collision damage.

2022 Japanese Grand Prix Picks

Top Pick to Win the 2022 Japanese Grand Prix

Charles Leclerc’s second place finish at the Singapore Grand Prix is a sign he and his crew are back to making the right moves. Charles hasn’t won a race since the Rolex Austrian Grand Prix in early July.

Leclerc’s second in Singapore came after a second place finish at the Pirelli Italian Grand Prix. No doubt, Leclerc is sitting on a big race. He should be right there at the end. Unless Verstappen gets back to his dominating ways, Leclerc is the top pick.

Second Pick to Win the 2022 Japanese Grand Prix

Not only did Lewis Hamilton finish third in the last Japanese Grand Prix, but Hamilton stepped to the podium’s top spot in oth 2017 and 2018. Lewis and his crew finished ninth in Singapore. But before that, at the Pirelli Italian Grand Prix, Hamilton crossed the finish line fifth.

For sure, Hamilton is an underdog. Lewis, though, steps into a car to race over a track he knows well. Mercedes is desperate for a win. Hamilton can get them their first on Sunday.

Third Pick to Win the 2022 Japanese Grand Prix

Make no mistake, Max Verstappen can win this race. But before dumping on Verstappen, it’s important to take note about the last event. Max didn’t crash out of the Singapore Grand Prix. He and his crew didn’t do enough for a podium spot. Verstappen finished seventh, which means he just lost. Heading into Japan, Max offers lower odds than he should to win. So, yes, Verstappen can go back to dominating

Top Underdog Pick to Win the 2022 Japanese Grand Prix

George Russell rates as this Sunday’s top underdog because the fourteenth place finish in Singapore has George flying under the radar. Nobody is paying attention to Mercedes’ second driver.

Russell drove great at the Pirelli Italian Grand Prix, stepping to the podium in third-place. On Sunday, he gets to drive over a track where Mercedes has had massive success, which is another reason to consider George Russell the Japanese Grand Prix’s top underdog play.

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