Lewis Hamilton is favored to win again after impressive performance in Brazil – The Athletic

This Formula One season has been full of exciting moments and two championships close by, but now we enter the part of the season where nobody knows what will happen.

The last three races of the season, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi are on the new F1 race track. Qatar and Saudi Arabia have never hosted F1 before, and Abu Dhabi’s track has been changed.

First in this last leg of the Middle East is the Qatar Grand Prix. This race filled the slot of the canceled Australian Grand Prix. Qatar is not on the 2022 calendar but has signed up for an extended series of annual races starting in 2023.

Losail International Circuit in Doha has hosted MotoGP races since 2004 and has hosted the first two races of this MotoGP season, but this is a new race for F1 cars. The circuit has hosted various motocross races, but the only notable open-wheel race was the Asian GP2 in 2009. Oddly enough, current Red Bull driver Sergio Perez won the race. that race.

Losail has only one DRS in a row, and it’s not as long as Brazil, so all those Lewis Hamilton overtakings last weekend won’t come easy, in theory. In general, passing can be difficult unless one or two of the passes are available.

All in all, good straights for Mercedes and good corners for Red Bull. However, Mercedes had a surprisingly large achievement gap against Red Bull in Brazil. In the win from behind, Hamilton was able to easily pass the cars in a straight line, but also made some impressive moves.

It’s not known exactly how the track will affect the F1 cars, but Hamilton is this week’s favorite candidate, according to the odds at BetMGM. Hamilton is -135 to win, while Max Verstappen is +150 (3-to-2). This could be an overreaction to Hamilton’s impressive weekend in Brazil, or it could come from the belief that the Mercedes is better than Red Bull right now.

Qatar Grand Prix Odds

Driver The odds

Lewis Hamilton

-135

Max Verstappen

3-2

Valtteri Bottas

12-1

Sergio Perez

14-1

Charles Leclerc

50-1

Carlos Sainz Jr.

66-1

Lando Norris

66-1

Daniel Ricciardo

80-1

Pierre Gasly

80-1

Hamilton and Verstappen had a memorable incident on the track as Hamilton got ahead of Verstappen, but both go astray on a turn. There’s a chance Verstappen could be fined for that with Mercedes asking for a review and F1 is still waiting for a decision on whether to consider it. It’s funny how F1 didn’t say it would make a decision on the case, F1 said it would decide whether to reconsider it. Sure, string us along. Either way, that race makes for a good episode about Drive to survive.

It seems unlikely that anything will happen considering the potential, but that could also affect the odds. Otherwise, it might seem like a bit of a stretch for Hamilton to be this much-loved at an unspecified track.

Hamilton wasn’t the favorite in the Drivers’ Championship, but he came close. Both Hamilton and Verstappen are at -115. Hamilton sealed the score 3-1 against Brazil, which shows how significant that result is.

This is despite Verstappen leading by 14 points. If Hamilton wins the last three races, he will win the championship no matter what. There’s always the possibility that one of them has to retire, be fined, or have an accident that completely changes the title at this point in the season. Hamilton received a five-place net penalty for using another new engine in Brazil, which means he should be good for the final three races.

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The constructors’ championship veers sharply in favor of Mercedes in Brazil. The German team had 10 more points to lead and 11 points ahead of Red Bull. Mercedes was -185 in that race. Red Bull odds are +135.

Mercedes is the mild favorite at -125 ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix. The odds change significantly less than the two drivers.

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