The most prestigious race in Formula 1 takes place this Sunday morning in the streets of Monaco.
Many of the F1 drivers live there and the current second-placed in the Championship standings, Charles Leclerc, is actually registered as Monegasque, making him just the 5th racer from Monaco to make it all the way to Formula 1.
We went 2-1 last week for +2 units, officially, but our suggested Max Verstappen 1st and Sergio Perez second cashed at a massive +2000. Check out what plus money picks we have in store this week with our best bets.
BMR’s Betting Pulse
• Charles Leclerc is eager to get another win sooner rather than later as Max Verstappen has now won 3 of the previous 4 races and taken a 5 point lead at the top of the championship standings.
• Generally, the winner of the Monaco GP starts from the Pole. This circuit doesn’t fully play to cars that favor straight-line speed.
• Alpha Tauri drivers have seen over 50% of their race finishes inside the top 10 if you take away all retirments and no-starts.
• Ferrari had a lesser car last season and dominated at this circuit.
Monaco Grand Prix
Sunday, May 29, 2022 – 09:00 AM EDT at Circuit de Monaco
It was an unexpectedly eventful Spanish GP as Ferrari went toe to toe with Red Bull and out-qualified the Austrian team with a Pole and 3rd place grid start for the race. Meanwhile, Red Bull had to settle for 2nd and 4th.
It went Ferrari’s way early on in the race with Charles Leclerc holding onto his first placed start in the opening laps, with Max Verstappen’s DRS not working. On top of this, Verstappen slid into the gravel, he even apologized to his team and admitted defeat saying they should save the engine.
Nonetheless, it all began to fall apart for Ferrari when Charles Leclerc found his car suffering a turbo / reduced power problem and had to retire from the race, leaving all the spoils for Max Verstappen. Thankfully, for Red Bull, Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz also slid into the gravel during the race, so they achieved a perfect 1-2, although Carlos Sainz did do well to recover and earn a respectable 4th place finish.
Dutch driver Verstappen has now won 3 of the previous 4 races and taken a 5 point lead at the top of the championship standings. Red Bull are also 26 points ahead of Ferrari in the constructors’ standings.
Charles Leclerc Looks to Make Good on Home Patch
Leclerc is eager to get another win sooner rather than later as he knows he can’t give Verstappen too much of an advantage. Leclerc hasn’t let the disappointment of the last race affect his team morale saying they picked up some positives that weekend, including tire management. Despite Leclerc not starting last season, teammate Carlos Sainz ended up finishing 2nd.
Unlike all the other Formula 1 drivers in the paddock who live in Monaco, Charles Leclerc can actually claim to be a true Monegasque. The Ferrari driver qualified on Pole last time out only to have a late crash in qualifying which sidelined him from the race.
Mercedes made good progress last weekend with George Russel coming 3rd and Lewis Hamilton 5th, we still believe they will not win this Sunday.
Monaco GP Odds
- Charles Leclerc: +100
- Max Verstappen: +125
- Carlos Sainz: +1600
- Sergio Perez: +1600
- Lewis Hamilton: +1600
- George Russel: +1600
- Valtteri Bottas: +1000
- Rest of Field: +25000
*All odds via BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)
Race Winner Pick
We know this circuit won’t fully play to the straight-line speed of the Red Bulls. On top of this, we believe Ferrari was a lesser car last season and dominated at this circuit so now that they have closed the gap on Red Bull, they should be able to lock this race down.
We boldly predicted a Red Bull 1-2 finish last week and this time we are boldly going to predict a Ferrari 1-2, or at the very least both to make the podium, which is available at BetOnline at betting odds of +175.
Generally, the winner of the Monaco GP starts from the Pole so we suggest instead of taking Leclerc to win at +100, take Leclerc and Pole position at +160 with any of the top-rated sportsbooks and betting sites. Obviously, if Leclerc does not make pole position, we would still advise taking a bet on him at even better odds than he currently is.
Formula 1 Pick: Charles Leclerc to Get Pole Position and Win (+160) at the Best Sportsbooks
Alpha Tauri drivers to finish inside the top 10 at +450 seems too big in our opinion, although this bet is yet to cash this season, it’s mainly been down to hard luck as individually their drivers have seen five different top 10 finishes this season.
Japanese driver Yuki Tsunoda didn’t even start the race in Saudi Arabia and Pierre Gasly retired twice this season, both have been car failures. If we minus all the retirements and no-starts the team has seen over 50% of their race finishes inside the top 10. Chunky betting odds for Alpha Tauri drivers to make good on a top 10 finish this weekend.
Formula 1 Pick: Both Alpha Tauri Points Finish at +450 at BetOnline
- Charles Leclerc
- Carlos Sainz
- Max Verstappen
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