This week we have the Hungarian Grand Prix, located in the village of Mogyoród, Hungary. The 2,722-mile circuit has hosted here since 2003. Last year’s race was wild, starting in wet conditions. Then, an incident on the first lap resulted in the elimination of five drivers from the race. The day ended with the first victory for Esteban Ocon of Alpine. Sebastian Vettel crossed the tape in second but was later disqualified as race officials were unable to extract a suitable fuel sample after the race. This year’s event could turn out to be another wet event, at the time of this writing there is a 90% chance of rain on Saturday and 50% chance on Sunday.
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The French Grand Prix led to another poor finish from Charles Leclerc. This time, apparently not because of the failure of his car, but because of driver error. Oversteer into Turn 11 on lap 18 spun the car into hitting the wall and ending its day. Championship leader Max Verstappen will claim his 27th career Formula 1 victory.
How to watch: ESPN/Watch ESPN
When to watch: Sunday, July 31, 9:00 a.m. EST
2022 Aramco Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix Preview
Odds of winning:
Charles Leclerc (+130)
Max Verstappen (+185)
Carlos Sainz (+550)
Lewis Hamilton (+1500)
Sergio Perez (+1300)
George Russell (+2500)
Red Bull Race (+110)
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Carlos Sainz on Charles Leclerc (+175)
It may scream at you when you look at it, of course Leclerc is the favorite and of course he should win this head-to-head. Not so fast! In five of the last seven rounds, Carlos Sainz won this game. While Leclerc is apparently Ferrari’s top dog. Sainz made his weight very well. He had a little better luck with his equipment and outright beat his teammate a few times. For a plus-money bet, there’s plenty of value here at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Best bet: Double Top 6 Mercedes (-250)
I write this bet almost every week and it pays almost every week. So I’m not going to let go of a good thing. Mercedes have been strong this year. In six of the last eight events, the combo of Hamilton and Russell has scored the top 6. Russell’s only result outside the top 6 was after the first lap crash in Britain where he left his car. Lewis Hamilton has four consecutive podiums. Things are clicking and going well in the Mercedes camp. So I plan to keep laying the juice and cashing in on that week after week.
Lewis Hamilton Podium (+110)
I’m big on Hamilton this week. He was solid and runs better and better. That’s four consecutive podium finishes for Lewis. Three were third places and last week in France it was a second. He knocks on the door of this first victory of the season, even if he does not get it, a top 3 is quite doable for the seven-time champion.
Up for grabs: Max Vertsappen (+185)
It’s hard not to choose it every week. But there’s almost no reason not to. It’s the best car in the business. He’s the best driver on the board. Week after week. You just can’t trust Ferrari and Leclerc right now. That Max isn’t the favorite is mind-boggling. But sign me up.
Longshot winner: Lewis Hamilton (+1500)
I pleaded for the podium above. Charles and Max are favorites for a reason. However, this could be the week for Lewis as he closes in on that first win. Hamilton made his 300th career start in France. Five others have made as many starts before him. And none of them won after starting 300. But Hamilton is different. And he wants to prove it this week at the Hungarian Grand Prix