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F1 Betting Odds for Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this Weekend

The final race of the Formula One season will be held in the Abu Dhabi desert once more. The Yas Marina Circuit was the host of the exciting 2021 toe-to-toe race between Hamilton and Verstappen.

Even though we already know that Max Verstappen is the 2022 champion, and that Red Bull is the winning team in the Constructors’ Championship, there’s still a lot to look forward to this weekend! Read on to learn about the F1 betting odds… 

Yas Marina Circuit 2

F1 Betting Odds: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2022 Champion

Here are some of the top things to look forward to this weekend: 

Will Perez manage to secure 2nd place in the championship? Or will Leclerc come out on top?

After the drama that happened in Brazil, will Verstappen help his teammate Perez?

We’ll also be seeing Mercedes and Ferrari battle it out to secure second place in the Constructors’ Championship. And, sadly, we’ll be saying farewell to Sebastian Vettel this weekend, who will be retiring after this final race. 

So we can expect the drivers to be racing with different motivations, and with much more emotion!

F1 Betting Odds: Verstappen 

Unsurprisingly, Verstappen takes the place of the bookmakers’ favourite to win the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. His stellar performance and track record this season completely justify the 1/2 betting odds for Verstappen winning this weekend. Not to mention, his pole position start which he came away from the qualifying races with. 

F1 Betting Odds: Leclerc 

Leclerc, arguably Verstappen’s main rival of the 2022 season, has a 12/1 betting odd. And while his aim may not be to win this weekend’s Grand Prix, his heart is set on securing that second-place finish. 

F1 Betting Odds: Perez 

A win for Perez this weekend will solidify a second-place finish for him in the Drivers’ Championship, and a fantastic way to end the season. But the chance of that happening is quite slim. The betting odds are at 5/2 for Perez winning the Abu Dhabi GP.

F1 Betting Odds: Lewis Hamilton

After a great performance in the Brazil GP, Hamilton’s odds to win the 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix are 14/1. Memories of Abu Dhabi from 2021 may still sting Hamilton, who we’re sure would like to master the track where he missed out on a world record-breaking 8 World Champion titles. 

F1 Betting Odds: George Russell

George Russell won the Brazil GP, and he’s going to be hoping to finish the season with another win. Russell’s odds are 22/1.

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F1 Betting Odds: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Top 3 / Podium Finish:

Max Verstappen: 1/4

Sergio Perez: 2/5

Charles Leclerc: 4/6

Lewis Hamilton: 11/8I 

George Russell: 9/4

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F1 Betting Odds: Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Top 6 Finish

Max Verstappen: 1/8 

Sergio Perez: 1/6 

Charles Leclerc: 1/6 

Lewis Hamilton: 1/5

George Russell: 1/5

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What happened in Brazil?

George Russell won his first Formula One race at the 2022 Brazilian Grand Prix, in a race that was full of drama and action. Overall, it was a great day for Mercedes. Both Russell and Hamilton finished in 1st and 2nd place, which left Mercedes dominating the podiums. This also put Mercedes in a great position to potentially take second place in the Constructors’ Championship.

George Russell

Who won the race?

George Russell ended up winning the race in spectacular fashion, gearing himself up for hopefully an incredible 2023 season.

What happened to Verstappen?

Verstappen had one of the most disappointing races so far in 2022. In the first corner, he collided with Hamilton and was given a 5-second penalty. Later in the race, he made a super controversial decision to not help his teammate, Perez, by not letting him overtake – although his team instructed him to do so on the radio. Perez did not take this lightly, and we will see if this incident will affect the team this weekend!

What are the current standings?

Verstappen is the World Champion, with Leclerc and Perez tied in 2nd and 3rd spot, both with 290 points. Right behind them is George Russel with 265 points.

What Happened in the Qualifiers? 

Unsurprisingly, Max Verstappen took pole position for this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. In second place on the grid will be his Red Bull teammate, Perez, followed by Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Q1 

The Redbull power pair came out on top. Perez set the early pace, but Verstappen took over in P1 by 0.066s on 1m24.754s.

Carlos Sainz came in third place, three tenths off the Redbull team’s pace, but a tenth clear of his Ferrari teammate, Leclerc. 

Unfortunately, Kevin Magnussen (Haas), Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri), Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo), and the Williams duo of Alex Albon and Nicholas Latifi all failed at the first hurdle. 

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Q2 

Leclerc set the first time of 1m25.345s, but Sainz beat him by three tenths.

Verstappen took the lead with 1m24.862s, but Perez quickly overtook him with 1m24.419s, more than four tenths faster. After the first runs, Hamilton was the best of the rest, 0.355s down in P2, with a 1m24.774s.

On the final runs, Leclerc was second quickest on 1m24.517s, with Sainz coming third.

At this point, Fernando Alonso (Alpine), Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri), Mick Schumacher (in his final qualifying session for Haas), Lance Stroll (Aston Martin), and Zhou Guanyu (Alfa Romeo) were all knocked out.

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Q3 

Sainz took provisional pole with 1m24.281s on the first run, ahead of Perez and Leclerc. Verstappen then took the lead with a lap of 1m23.988s, nearly three tenths faster than the others.

Verstappen improved to 1m23.824s on the final runs and was joined on the front row by Perez, who was 0.228s slower. Leclerc finished third in 1m24.092s, ahead of Sainz, who did not improve on his final lap. Hamilton moved up to fifth place with a time of 1m24.508s.

George Russell will start sixth, ahead of Lando Norris (McLaren), Esteban Ocon (Alpine), Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin), and Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren).

So, bearing in mind the qualifying results, what are our predictions?

How Will the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Affect the Drivers’ Championship?

The main attraction of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is to see who secures the number 2 spot in the Drivers Championship.

Will it be Red Bull’s Sergio Perez? Will it be Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc? Fans are also wondering if Verstappen is actually going to help his teammate this time.

In the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, one of the reasons why Verstappen was able to win the race and secure himself the World Champion title is because his teammate Sergio Perez helped him get the lead ahead of Hamilton – especially near the end of the race.

Verstappen himself even said on the team radio, during the race: “Checo is a legend”. 

So, understandably, fans were super disappointed in Verstappen after he refused to help Perez in the Brazil GP. And with this being the last race and the true decider of who’s going to secure 2nd place, we’re waiting to see how it’s going to play out between the two Red Bull drivers.

Abu Dhabi weekend preview: Altitude and weather 

The weather forecast in Abu Dhabi is promising, with all three days of racing expected to be sunny and without rain over the race weekend. The weather is forecasted to be around 31 degrees celsius across the race weekend. 

It’s looking like it’s going to be the perfect sunny ending to a fantastic 2022 F1 season, where we can see all the drivers at their best!