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F1 Predictions 2022 | Who will master this weekend’s Grand Prix?

Last year’s Abu Dhabi GP was one of the craziest, most intense races in the history of Formula 1. And it’s the perfect backdrop for this year’s 2022 F1 final race. F1 predictions are exciting – we can expect to see clashes on the track and some tearful goodbyes. 

Latest F1 Predictions: What will happen at this weekend’s race? 

The race will be taking place on the $1.32 billion Yas Marina Circuit, the most expensive venue to host Formula 1. It will be the 14th time the race is hosted in Abu Dhabi. 

Unfortunately, this will be the last race for Sebastian Vettel – who is retiring.

Vettel Car

Abu Dhabi GP Overview 

There are a few exciting things that we need to watch out for in the upcoming Abu Dhabi GP…

Sergio Perez and Charles Leclerc are fighting for 2nd place in the driver’s standings. Ferrari and Mercedes are fighting for second in the constructor standings. Perez and Max Verstappen will be battling it out against each other after the World Champion’s refusal to allow Perez to pass in the Brazil GP.

F1 Qualifying Results

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?

F1 Abu Dhabi Prediction: Drivers’ Championship 

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Abu Dhabi F1 Prediction: Verstappen

Where does Verstappen currently stand? 

Max Verstappen is the 2022 F1 World Champion. He has won 14 races, has stood on a podium 16 times, and has amassed a whopping 429 points so far. We can expect Verstappen to leave Abu Dhabi with yet another win, and his pole position start will undoubtedly help him get there. 

Who have Verstappen’s greatest contenders been? 

As incredible as Verstappen’s performance has been, his biggest rival is worth taking note of. 

Charles Leclerc had a great start to the 2022 season, and many thought he could take Verstappen’s championship away. Even though he was unable to, he showed that he was Verstappen’s biggest rival. 

On the other hand, many people believed that Lewis Hamilton was going to be Verstappen’s biggest rival in 2022 – especially after last year’s hectic ending in Abu Dhabi – but that was surprisingly not the case.

Abu Dhabi F1 prediction: Leclerc 

Leclerc will be fighting for maximum points as he tries to finish 2nd in the Driver’s championship.

Is there hope for Leclerc to become champion next year? 

Yes, absolutely. F1 predictions for 2023 are that Leclerc will continue his performance, with the added motivation of beating his personal best. Leclerc has a great chance of becoming the World Champion in 2023. He will be studying his 2022 performance and will come to 2023 with more knowledge and experience.

Abu Dhabi F1 Prediction: what about Perez? 

Perez is head-on with Leclerc right now – both have 290 points. This Grand Prix will decide who finishes in 2nd place, so we can expect to see some intense racing and battling on the track this weekend! We can expect it to go either way, however, Perez has a slight headstart on Leclerc, as he will be starting the GP race in P2, with Leclerc just behind him in P3. 

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Your Expert Guide To F1 Predictions

F1 Betting Tips 

To get started with betting on Formula One, it’s important to first understand what tools are available to you. You will also need a deeper understanding of the sport than the normal spectator. If you have the right knowledge, you’ll be able to identify the best bets and make accurate predictions. Here are some of our top tips for getting started with F1 betting. 

Use F1 Stats 

Stats are as important in Formula One as they are in any other sport. Even the smallest details can be pivotal if you want to beat the bookies. 4mula1 Stats and StatsF1.com are two excellent stats sites to use to stay on top of the numbers and implement a data-driven strategy for your betting. 

Understand the history of F1 drivers 

Knowing how F1 drivers have performed in certain weather conditions, on specific tracks, and in other circumstances can help you make accurate F1 predictions and informed betting decisions. 

Get to know the engines 

Just like drivers perform differently depending on the track, so do the car engines. Learn how your favoured cars perform on straight, curved, wet, or dry tracks. This can be tricky at the start of the season, as new car models and updates are released every year. However, by the middle of the season, you should have collected enough data to make an informed bet. 

Stay informed 

You can find different previews on different sites. It’s best to research as much as you can, even if you read information that doesn’t seem related – like about the drivers’ private lives. This can affect F1 predictions, even if it doesn’t seem so on the surface. 

Keep an eye on the weather 

Weather can make or break a race. Unexpected rain, humidity and temperatures can cause chaos and drama on the track. So keeping an eye on weather forecasts can again help with making an informed bet and accurate F1 predictions. 

Watch the qualifying sessions

The qualifying sessions determine the grid position of the race. Whoever has the fastest time in a qualifying session starts in P1 in the race. This can of course monumentally impact the outcome of the race, so it’s important to stay updated on the results of the qualifying sessions to make accurate F1 predictions. 

Formula 1 Tournament Structure 

The Formula 1 2022 season will feature 23 races, each with 20 drivers competing. These 20 drivers represent the ten teams, so each team has two drivers. While this might seem like there’s one less rival for each driver, there’s competition even within teams. Drivers have to prove that they deserve to take one of the two coveted spots in their team. 

As a driver, the main goal of the F1 season is to finish with the most points, but how does this work?

How are points awarded in F1? 

Scoring in Formula One may appear complicated at first, but it is actually quite simple.

The top ten starting drivers will earn points out of the 20 total. Number ten gets one point, number nine gets two points, eight gets four, seven gets six, six gets eight, five gets ten, four gets twelve, third gets 15, second gets 18, and lastly, first place gets 25 points.

At the end of the season, the points are tallied, and the driver with the most points wins the trophy and the Drivers’ Champion. The team with the most points wins the Constructors’ Championship.

What is DRS in F1?

DRS can make or break the race for drivers and adds a very entertaining twist to what would otherwise be a typical race. DRS stands for Drag Reduction System, and you should understand what this means before watching Formula One.

Each car has a retractable rear wing that is normally closed. In some cases, this can be left open, allowing air to flow through and reducing drag on the car. This is great for overtaking because it increases the car’s speed. But it can only be used if the driver is chasing a car, and is no more than 1 second behind him.

Only the driver who is behind can use his DRS. The two drivers also have to be within a DRS zone. The stewards have already marked out a DRS zone, which is long and straight. Every race typically has between one and three DRS zones.

How do F1 tyres work? 

During the racing season, each team has access to a total of seven tyre compounds. Five of these compounds, denoted C1 – C5, are for dry weather (C1 being the hardest and C5 being the softest). The remaining two compounds are for driving in wet conditions. The one with the green stripe is the Intermediate tyre, and the one with the blue stripe is the Full Wet tyre.

Pirelli will select three dry types to be used during a normal, dry-weather race. During the race, each driver must use two of the three selected tyres.

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Frederick Escalona

For almost a decade, I have been pleased to create texts about many topics, but specializing in sports. In my free time I am a football coach, and enjoy helping children to learn, and release their full potential. Being surrounded by a sporting environment helps me analyze matches in a special way and write lovely masterpieces.