Formula 1 Picks & Predictions

F1 French Grand Prix 2022 Prediction and Odds (Leclerc Looks to Get Back in Drivers Championship Contention)

Iain MacMillan
Charles Leclerc will be looking for his second straight win after taking the checkered flag in Austria.
Charles Leclerc will be looking for his second straight win after taking the checkered flag in Austria. / Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Charles Leclerc got back to the winner's circle at the Austrian Grand Prix two weeks ago, but he'll need to string a few more wins together if he wants to get back in contention with Max Verstappen for the Formula 1 Drivers Championship.

Leclerc currently sits 38 points back of Verstappen, but he'll get another chance to gain more ground on him at this week's French Grand Prix. Verstappen enters as the defending champ, having won last year's edition of the race, while the Ferrari driver finished in a disappointing 16th place.

Let's take a look at the top 10 odds via WynnBET to win this Sunday's French Grand Prix.

Odds to Win the French Grand Prix

  • Max Verstappen +120
  • Charles Leclerc +150
  • Lewis Hamilton +800
  • Sergio Perez +1200
  • George Russell +1300
  • Carlos Sainz Jr. +1800
  • Fernando Alonso +15000
  • Lando Norris +15000
  • Esteban Ocon +15000
  • Valtteri Bottas +30000

F1 Betting Picks: Best Bet to Win French Grand Prix

Just like in every other sport that I bet on, my mantra for wagering on Formula 1 is "always under-react."

That means, just because Charles Leclerc looked to get back in form at the last race, don't think that he's all of sudden going to start winning races on a regular basis. Verstappen is still the rightful favorite, and he should be strongly considered with his strong history at Circuit Paul Ricard.

Not only did Leclerc disappoint on race day, but his qualifying time last year was seventh fastest. That tells me that this style of track doesn't fit his strengths as well as others do.

The high-speed track will favor Red Bull quite heavily over Ferrari. Target Verstappen instead of Leclerc, if you're going to bet before Saturday's qualifying round.

Pick: Max Verstappen +120

You can track Iain's bets on Betstamp here.