Formula 1: Ferrari fans won’t want to see this update

Max Verstappen, Red Bull, Formula 1 (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
Max Verstappen, Red Bull, Formula 1 (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images) /

Max Verstappen and Red Bull are overwhelming favorites to win the 2022 Formula 1 world championship following their win in Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix.

Red Bull continued their winning ways in Montreal, with reigning Formula 1 world champion Max Verstappen holding off Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. in the closing laps to win the Canadian Grand Prix.

The win at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve was Red Bull’s seventh of the 2022 season and sixth in a row. Of their six wins on that winning streak, five have gone to Verstappen, which puts him in ninth place on the all-time wins list with 26.

Six races ago, Verstappen sat in sixth place in the driver standings with just one race finish — a win — in three starts this season. He sat 46 points out of the points lead, which was held by Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc. Leclerc had two wins and a runner-up finish at that point.

That 46-point deficit was more than three times as large as any deficit Verstappen faced in 2021, when he never sat below second place in the standings and ended up narrowly winning the title over Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton.

In the last six races, Verstappen has outscored Leclerc, who has just a single podium finish during that span, by 95 points. In fact, Red Bull’s Sergio Perez, who earned a victory and three other podium finishes over that stretch, has also passed Leclerc in the standings.

Verstappen now leads the standings by 46 points over Perez, with Leclerc a further three points behind. That 46-point lead is the largest lead the 24-year-old Dutchman has ever held in the driver standings.

Additionally, with Red Bull sitting 1-2 with their drivers in the driver standings, they now have a commanding 76-point lead over Ferrari in the constructor standings, with Mercedes a further 40 points behind.

Verstappen’s lead in the driver standings and Red Bull’s lead in the constructor standings are reflected in their betting odds to win their respective world championships, where both have become overwhelming favorites.

Verstappen, who was never more than a -500 favorite at any point last year (and didn’t become that big of a favorite until much later in the season) before winning his maiden title, is going for his second straight title, while Red Bull are going for their first since 2013.

Here are the current odds to win the 2022 world driver championship (top six), courtesy of WynnBET.

NOTE: -600 means a successful $600 bet wins $100. +550 means a successful $100 bet wins $550.

  • Max Verstappen, Red Bull: -600
  • Charles Leclerc, Ferrari: +550
  • Sergio Perez, Red Bull: +2250
  • George Russell, Mercedes: +4000
  • Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes: +4000
  • Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari: +5000

Here are the current odds to win the 2022 world constructor championship (top three), courtesy of WynnBET.

  • Red Bull: -450
  • Ferrari: +350
  • Mercedes: +1200

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Formula 1 is off this coming weekend. The British Grand Prix, the 10th of 22 races on the 2022 schedule, is scheduled to take place on Sunday, July 3. Verstappen is listed as a +100 favorite to win at Silverstone Circuit, ahead of Leclerc (+240), Perez (+600), Sainz (+900), Russell (+1200), and reigning race winner Hamilton (+1200).