Can Charles Leclerc break his run of misfortune at Austrian Grand Prix?

Charles Leclerc betting odds

Max Verstappen may have had a rare off day with his seventh-place finish at Silverstone in the British Grand Prix last Sunday, but his lead at the top of the Drivers’ Championship is still a healthy 34-points over his Red Bull teammate, Sergio Perez.

Perez was runner-up at Silverstone, but it was another largely disappointing day for Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.

Although the 24-year-old driver finished fourth, he made up only six points on the defending Dutch champion in his title bid.

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It could have been so much better in what was another frustrating day for the man who has seen a 43-point lead over Verstappen after the first three races of the season not only disappear, but morph into a 43-point deficit after a further seven races.

Leclerc hasn’t even been able to register a podium finish in the last five races, despite starting in pole position in the first three of those. That poor run of form can’t go on if Leclerc is to have any realistic hope of winning the Drivers’ Championship this year.

More Pit Stop Blunders for Ferrari

The British Grand Prix saw the Monégasque driver’s Ferrari team make a number of calls that arguably cost Leclerc the race.

A particularly questionable decision came with just 14 laps to go, when the safety car was deployed to retrieve Esteban Ocon’s broken-down Alpine.

Whilst the Ferrari team told Leclerc’s teammate and eventual race winner Carlos Sainz to “box, box” and come into the pits for a fresh set of soft tyres, Leclerc was told to, “stay out” on his hard tyres.

The thinking was that, with there only being 3.5 seconds between Leclerc and Sainz at the time the safety car was deployed, they couldn’t pit both cars, and had the decision been to bring in Leclerc, Mercedes may have chosen to have left Lewis Hamilton out.

The result of that would have been for Hamilton to go to the restart behind Sainz on far fresher tyres (four laps, compared to the 18 laps of Sainz), with Leclerc sitting in third at the restart behind Sainz and Hamilton.

It was a position from which Leclerc may well still have won the race but, of course, we can only speculate after the event.

Still No Luck for Leclerc

Leclerc has had a terrible run of misfortune since his blistering start to the season.

A spin late on at Imola saw him drop from third to sixth position, there were a couple of engine failures while leading in Spain and Azerbaijan, a fourth-place finish in his home Grand Prix (Monaco) due to strategical error and a wet track when leading, and having to start from the back of the grid in Canada due to a grid penalty for exceeding his allocation for power unit components.

Leclerc certainly isn’t out of contention for the F1 Drivers’ Championship yet, but he could definitely do with a win at the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday. He is currently priced at 3/1 with Unibet to win the race.

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Charles Leclerc Odds

Austrian Grand Prix

Charles LeClerc desperately needs a win in Austria this weekend


At 3/1 a £10 bet would return £40

Austrian GP

July 10, 2022

3:00 pm BST

* Odds correct at the time off writing. Subject to changes.