Austrian Grand Prix 2022 Best Bets: Race Preview and Latest Odds

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Red Bull's Dutch driver Max Verstappen celebrates after winning the Pole position for the 2021 Formula One Austrian Grand Prix. Andrej Isakovic/AFP

After witnessing one of the best Grand Prix races in years last time out, we all look forward to this round 11 in Austria were the previous few events have thrown up a lot of exciting races. Who remembers when we cashed Max Verstappen to win the race at +2400 back in 2019?

After the British GP, Verstappen still leads the way in the championship over his teammate by 34 points. The Dutch driver has been made favorite to win his team’s “home race” in Austria this weekend at F1 betting odds of -115.

Austrian Grand Prix

Sunday, July 09, 2022 – 09:00 AM EDT at Red Bull Ring

Austria GP Betting Preview

Red Bull Dominant

Red Bull have dominated their home race in recent years, winning three of the previous four races. The one race they didn’t win was in 2020 when both drivers failed with their electronics. Essentially, when finishing the race, they have a 100% completion record in recent years. Even in 2016 and 2017 when they failed to win, they still managed a podium finish.

Sprint Race Returns

Remember this weekend we also have a sprint race to enjoy / endure depending how you feel about them. Essentially the teams are qualifying for a sprint race that’s only 62 miles long (which isn’t much in an F1 car), this usually takes 25/30 minutes depending on the track.

The top 8 positions get points, ranging from 8 units for 1st place to 1 unit for 8th place.

Austrian GP Odds

  • Max Verstappen -115
  • Charles Leclerc +250
  • Sergio Perez +900
  • Carlos Sainz +900
  • Lewis Hamilton +900
  • George Russell +1600
  • Lando Norris +12500
  • Fernando Alonso +15000
  • Valtteri Bottas +25000
  • Rest of Field +40000

*All odds available via BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

Podium Finish

Carlos Sainz has been on fire this season. He has ended up on the podium in 6 of his 10 races to date. He did retire in a further three races, meaning Sainz has finished on the podium in all but one racein which he finished this season.

Ironically, it was his home race in Spain, in which he still managed 4th place finish. We are more than happy to take the Spaniard at -110 to finish inside the top three yet again.

He is only 11 points behind Leclerc and a better result than his teammate could make Ferrari believe he is their guy to be backing to challenge for the championship this year. Also, we are fading a trend here, Sainz has never managed a top 4 finish at Austria.

Formula 1 Pick: Carlos Sainz Podium Finish (-110) at BetOnline

Max Verstappen Will Bounce Back

This is essentially Verstappen’s home race these days as well as his teams actual home race. Tthe track is even named the “ Red Bull Ring” and it has been exactly that under Verstappen at the helm with 3 wins in the past 4 races as we discussed earlier.

Only for the debris slowing Verstappen down last time out we believe he had the pace to win, Verstappen had won 4 of the previous 5 races before the British GP and even the race he failed to win we can’t exactly put the blame on him as it was Monaco.

A track that is essentially impossible to overtake, he still managed to finish 3rd, just 1.4 seconds behind the winning driver.

Verstappen should dominate this weekend and we believe he will win this race easy, by at least 3 seconds. Let’s hope no foul play comes to fruition for our second betting pick.

Formula 1 Pick: Max Verstappen to Win Race (-115) at BetOnline

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Top-5 Predictions

  1. Max Verstappen
  2. Carlos Sainz
  3. Sergio Perez
  4. Charles Leclerc
  5. George Russel

*The line and/or odds on picks in this article might have moved since the content was commissioned. For updated line movements, visit BMR’s free betting odds product.

Previous Round in Britain

If Formula1 wasn’t on the map already, it certainly is now after the craziest of races at the British GP last weekend. Red flags, near-fatal crashes and protestors lining the track as well as some of THE BEST racing we have seen in years, it all came together to make up one of the best races witnessed in years.

In terms of our plays, we went 0-2 but we were considerably unlucky with George Russell crashing out on the first corner (we had him for a podium finish) and based on teammates Lewis Hamilton’s car performance along with the safety car, we believe he would have been in with a chance.

Our second play was daylight robbery as we had Charles Leclerc to win and without getting into too much detail or making a long story from it, his team didn’t give him soft tires when every other driver behind him was on them, effectively he was a sitting duck whilst in first.

Guanyu Survided Horror Crash

Chinese driver Zhou Guanyu was the luckiest man alive on that day. His car flipped upside down, traveled a few hundred feet across the track and ended up over the wall barriers. He had to be carefully extracted from the car.

Thankfully he was 100% ok after the incident, and nobody else got seriously injured, Alex Abon also went to the hospital for a check.

Verstappen Had Mechanical Setback

After the race had finally restarted, Carlos Sainz ended up as the race winner, with Sergio Perez and Lewis Hamilton also finishing on the podium. What about the championship leader? Max Verstappen had an issue with a piece of debris stuck in his car and this slowed him down considerably, he ended up in 7th.

Both Haas drivers Kevin Magnussen and Mick Schumacher achieved the team’s first double top 10 finish of the season. Also, for the first time in 57 races, both Haas drivers finished inside the top 10.