The race for the 2022 Formula 1 Championship is well and truly on heading into this round in Baku with just 15 points separating the top three drivers. Red Bull holds 1st and 3rd place whilst Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc is sandwiched in between the two.
The Azerbaijan GP has always produced an exciting race with the pre-race favorites winning just one of the previous four races in the streets of Baku. Check out the Formula 1 betting picks we are liking this weekend.
BMR’s Betting Pulse
• After winning the Monaco GP, Sergio Perez (Red Bull) is third in the overall standings. He’s 5 points behind second-place, Charles Leclerc (Ferrari), and 15 points behind teammate Max Verstappen (first place).
• Almost every race of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix has produced some form of spectacle for the fans and viewers.
• The street circuit in Baku has one of the longest straights in the Championship, a 1.37 miles stretch. On it, drivers can reach speeds up to 217 miles per hour.
Azerbaijan Grand Prix
Sunday, June 12, 2022 – 07:00 AM EDT at Baku City Circuit
Previous Race Recap
Mexican driver Sergio Perez made his presence known last time out in Monaco as he came away with just his second ever Formula1 race victory.
Teammate Max Verstappen did view Perez as a great teammate and someone who could potentially help him to another World Championship, but now that the Mexican is only 15 points behind Verstappen, he might have to look over his shoulder in future races.
Undoubtedly, Verstappen is the team’s “Number 1” driver but with the gap being so close now Perez might have other plans. Interestingly, Perez’s only other Formula1 race win was at the Azerbaijan GP last season. Can he repeat again this Sunday for his first-ever back-to-back race victories?
In What Position Did Max Verstappen Finish the Monaco GP?
Max Verstappen finished the Monaco GP in 3rd place and has a 9-point lead. Meanwhile, pole-sitter Charles Leclerc ended the race in 4th place after a pit stop disaster, so now there is now just a 5-point gap between him (second in the standings) and Perez (third).
Ferrari had locked out the front row with both drivers in 1st and 2nd on the grid and at a track where it’s almost impossible to overtake. Taking that into consideration, it was a bad weekend as neither Leclerc nor teammate Carlos Sainz won the race. Although Sainz did pick up his 8th Formula1 podium finish.
Mercedes driver George Russell finished ahead of teammate and seven-time World Champion, Lewis Hamilton, for the 6th race in a row.
Azerbaijan GP Never Fails to Disappoint
Almost every race on this circuit has produced some form of spectacle for the fans and viewers. Last season we had a two-lap shootout between Perez and Hamilton, with the latter running wide on the first corner and failing to score a single point.
That was the only race in which he finished and didn’t score any points during last season’s championship.
Who Won the Azerbaijan GP in 2017?
In 2017, Daniel Riccardo won the Azerbaijan GP starting from the 10th position on the grid. Unexpectedly, Lance Stroll also made the podium in that event.
The 2018 edition saw six drivers fail to finish the race, while Sergio Perez unexpectedly made the podium that day after qualifying in 8th position. This was back when he was driving for Force India. In order to get some contrast, remember that the Azerbaijan GP was his only top 5 finish during that season.
The street circuit in Baku has one of the longest straights in the Championship, at 1.37 miles long. On it, drivers can reach speeds up to 217 miles per hour. There has also been an average of 4.2 non-classified drivers at the Baku street circuit.
Azerbaijan GP Odds
- Max Verstappen: +110
- Charles Leclerc: +175
- Sergio Perez: +550
- Carlos Sainz: +900
- George Russell: +2200
- Lewis Hamilton: +2800
- Lando Norris: +1000
- Valtteri Bottas: +1500
- Rest of Field: +25000
*All odds are available at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)
Despite his recent woes, Leclerc has proved that he and his team have produced a fast car. They have picked up pole position in 5 of 6 races this season and, at +100, we are more than happy to take the Monegasque driver to top the qualifying yet again.
Leclerc has been unlucky during his races this season and if he continues to pick up pole positions one would imagine that the wins will also come his way. We also like Leclerc to win the race at +175 but, for us, the better play here is betting on the pole position. We would bet this to as low as -115.
Formula 1 Pick: Charles Leclerc to Win Pole Position at +100 at BetOnline
Sergio has proved his ability to race at Baku in the previous three races that he managed to finish:
- 3rd Place (2018)
- 6th Place (2019)
- 1st Place (2021)
Although he retired from two Baku races, neither one was his fault with one being put down to a failed power unit and the other was a steering problem.
We are more than happy to take the Red Bull driver to finish inside the top three at Formula 1 betting odds of -115. We were expecting his odds to be closer to -180 for this market. Perez should be full of confidence after last weekend’s race win.
Formula 1 Pick: Sergio Perez to Get Podium Finish (-115) at BetOnline
- Charles Leclerc
- Max Verstappen
- Sergio Perez
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