2022 F1 Season Betting Preview: Back Max to prove he's a real champion

Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen, and Charles Leclerc set to duel for the 2022 F1 Championship
Photo of Matt Selz

Matt Selz

F1· 1 month ago

Show Bio

NASCAR handicapper for Pickswise, looking to give you winners throughout the season!

After one of the best seasons in history, and a hugely controversial finish, Formula 1 is back for its 2022 season, which starts in Bahrain this weekend. Not only do we get a new 22-race schedule, with new tracks, we also get new-look cars after major regulation changes.

There are a variety of ways to bet on Formula 1 across the season. There are of course, season-long bets — hence the reason for this article. But you can also bet on individual races throughout the year. Below you’ll find a preview of the bets I like the best for the 2022 championship, but before we get there, let’s break down a bit about how to bet F1.

How does betting on F1 races work?

The most popular type of bet to make on races, regardless of it being F1, IndyCar, or NASCAR, is to bet outright winners of the races. These bets typically have the highest return on investment because you’re picking one driver out of 20, to have a specific finish.

There are also a variety of props that you can place on each race from finishing positions to team props to head-to-head driver matchups. These bets can be easier to hit, if you bet the right ones, however the returns are lower.

Each week, for each 2022 F1 Grand Prix, I’ll have a betting article out detailing the picks that I like the most for that week’s race. All will be free here on Pickswise, of course.

DraftKings has added F1 to the DFS offerings on their site and app. If you are interested in playing DFS F1, I’ll have a free write-up explaining and with picks for each race at dfsalarm.com.

Odds are from DraftKings Sportsbook at time of publishing.

2022 F1 season-long bets

Championship Bets

Max Verstappen +180

Lewis Hamilton, the 7-time world champion has +135 odds, but taking the +180 for Max Verstappen to retain the title is preferred. The Dutch driver was fast from the start of the year until the end in 2021, but his success was overshadowed by controversy when he caught a favorable ruling in the championship-deciding race. That means he’s now out to prove he can win a title that doesn’t come with an asterisk.

The sleek new Red Bull was one of the fastest cars in testing at Bahrain last week. If he can stay as driven and consistent as he was last year, there’s a good shot he can go back-to-back and win a championship no one would have reason to complain about.

Hamilton was denied what looked set to be his record-breaking 8th title at Abu Dhabi, thanks to a controversial ruling from former race director Michael Masi. Mercedes didn’t look great at testing, but they didn’t last year either and got better as the year went on. Hamilton has also said that he’s more focused and driven than ever, which is a bad sign for the rest of the field. It could take time for Mercedes to extract the performance from their radical-looking new car, though, making Verstappen the best early championship bet.

Charles Leclerc +700

Charles Leclerc has been on the shortlist of up-and-comers who could be potential world champions for the last couple of years. And this year he could have the car to make a serious challenge, with the Ferrari looking ready to contend. Leclerc finished in the top 5 10 times last year and they looked strong in testing. Leclerc has the skill to win consistently, he’s just needed the speed. Now he has that and it could be time to see the Scuderia back on top of the 2022 F1 standings.

Leclerc’s teammate Carlos Sainz (+1400) should not be discounted either. He finished ahead of Leclerc in the standings last year. His odds are bigger because Leclerc is seen by many as the lead driver, but Sainz doesn’t lack for pace. He has finished 10th, 6th, 6th and 5th in the driver points over the last 4 years. With 20 top-10 finishes and 4 podiums, he could make another jump in the standings in 2022. 

Season-Long Props

Red Bull Racing to win the constructors title +285

Since 2009, Red Bull Racing have finished outside the top 3 just once, in 2014. They’ve been dominated by Mercedes, like everyone else, for the last several years, making them more than a little eager to get the title back. The new car might just be what Red Bull needs and that certainly seemed to be the case at testing. If Red Bull can keep their foot on the gas all the way through the season, they should be able to come away with the constructors title this year.

Carlos Sainz over 19.5 top-10 finishes +150

Sainz had 20 top-10s last year. His worst finishes were 11th twice. This year’s Ferrari appears faster relative to its rivals, so why not take plus-money on him to do it again? He doesn’t need to reach the podium, just beat half the field 20 times to finish in the points.

Lando Norris over 3.5 podiums +160

McLaren wasn’t the quickest at either 2022 F1 testing session, but this line seems low. Norris had 4 podiums last year and should have had his first win at Sochi, if not for a failed gamble to stay out on slick tires in a rain shower in the closing laps. If we take testing times at face value, McLaren should still be challenging towards the front. Improving the car throughout the season should get them to at least a repeat of last year’s total, if not better.

At Pickswise we offer free NASCAR Picks for today’s race including analysis and NASCAR betting advice from expert NASCAR handicappers.

Virginia Bonuses

See All
PointsBet

$500

Get 5x $100 Risk-Free Bets!

Sign up for a new PointsBet account

Make a bet of up to $100 and receive a refund if you lose

Get this offer once a day for the first 5 days you sign up

Must be 21+. Full terms are available at PointsBet.

DraftKings

$200

Bet $5 on Any MLB Game, Get $200 if Your Team Wins!

Sign up for a new account with DraftKings Sportsbook and make your first deposit

Bet $5 on any MLB team to win their next game

Win $200 in free bets + any cash winnings from your original wager

Offer valid for new players only. Must be 21 years or older to play. Reward paid in site credit. Full terms available at DraftKings Sportsbook.

BetMGM

$200

Win $200 If ANY NBA Team Makes a 3-Pointer!

Sign up for a new account with BetMGM, and make a deposit of $10+.

Place a $10 moneyline bet on any upcoming NBA game.

Win $200 if either team in your selected game makes a 3-pointer

21+ and new players only. Full terms available at BetMGM Sportsbook.

DraftKings

$150

Bet $5 on any NBA team, Get $150 in Free Bets if they win!

Sign up for a new account with DraftKings Sportsbook and make your first deposit

Bet $5 on any team to win an NBA playoff game

Win $150 in free bets if your team wins

Offer valid for new players only. Must be 21 years or older to play. Reward paid in site credit. Full terms available at DraftKings Sportsbook.

BetMGM

$200

Win $200 If A Goal Is Scored In ANY NHL Game!

Sign up for a new account with BetMGM, and make a deposit of $10+.

Place a $10 moneyline bet on any upcoming NHL game.

Win $200 if either team in your selected game scores a goal

21+ and new players only. Full terms available at BetMGM Sportsbook.

DraftKings

$150

Bet $5, Win $150 on any UFC 274 fight!

Sign up for a new account with DraftKings Sportsbook and make your first deposit

Bet $5 on any fighter to win at UFC 274

Win $150 in free bets if your fighter wins

Offer valid for new players only. Must be 21 years or older to play. Reward paid in site credit. Full terms available at DraftKings Sportsbook.

PointsBet

$2,000

Get $2,000 in Risk-Free Bets!

Register for a new PointsBet account & deposit

Receive a free bet refund up to $500 if your first fixed odds bet loses

& a free bet refund up to $1,500 if your first two PointsBetting Wager loses

Must be 21+. Full terms are available at PointsBet.

Caesars Sportsbook

$1,100

Get up to $1,100 in First Bet Insurance!

Sign up for a new Caesars Sportsbook account

Make your first deposit of $50+

If your first bet is not a winner, get it all back as a free bet (up to $1,100) if you lose!

21+. Terms and conditions apply.

BetRivers

$250

Get a $250 Deposit Bonus!

Sign up for a new BetRivers account using promo code PICKSWISE

Make a deposit & get it doubled up to $250 total

To get a $100 bonus, deposit $100

Must be 21+. Play in IA Only. Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-BETS OFF

Unibet

$500

Get a $500 Risk-Free Bet!

Register for a new Unibet account & make a deposit

Place your first bet up to $500 risk-free!

Get refunded up if you lose up to $500

New players only. Terms & conditions apply. 21+. VA only.

BetMGM

$1,000

Get a $1,000 Risk Free Bet!

Register for a new BetMGM & deposit

Place your first bet up to $1,000 risk-free!

Get refunded up if you lose up to $1,000

21+. Terms & conditions apply.

FanDuel Sportsbook

$1,000

Get a $1,000 Risk Free Bet!

Register for a new FanDuel Sportsbook account & deposit

Place your first bet up to $1,000 risk-free!

Get refunded up if you lose up to $1,000

21+. Terms & conditions apply.

DraftKings

$1,000

Get a $1,000 Deposit Bonus!

Register for a new DraftKings Sportsbook account & deposit

DraftKings will match 20% of your deposit up to $1,000 total

To get a $100 bonus, deposit $500

21+. Terms & conditions apply.

Monkey Knife Fight

$100

Claim 100% Instant Deposit Match up to $100!

Register for a Monkey Knife Fight account & deposit using promo code PICKSWISE100

Monkey Knife Fight will match your first deposit up to $100

Deposit $100 and you'll get $100 bonus + a free $5 game

18+. Terms and conditions apply. You must live in one of the states where real money DFS is legal.

Yahoo DFS

$25

Get $25 in Site Credit With Yahoo DFS When You Deposit $5!

Register for a new account with Yahoo DFS and deposit $5+

Enter a $5 DFS contest

Upon entry, you will receive a bonus $25 in credit into your account!

21+ and new players only. Full terms available from Yahoo DFS.

TVG

$300

Get a $300 Risk-Free Bet with TVG Racebook!

Register for a new TVG account and make a deposit

Place your first single horse win-type bet up to $300

If your horse doesn't win you'll get a refund up to $300

21+. T&C's apply. Please gamble responsibly.

TwinSpires

$200

Get a $200 Sign-Up Bonus with Twinspires Racebook!

Open your TwinSpires.com account using offer code BET200

$200 bonus cash will be credited in increments of $100 for every $400 wagered

To earn the full $200 bonus players must wager $800 within 30 days

21+. Terms and conditions apply.