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Formula One Musical Chairs Could See Two Teams Race with New Leaders in 2022


F1 Constructors Betting Odds

Formula One has its familiarities with football. Managers and key players come and go, often joining rival outfits who are keen to acquire their knowledge and experience.

Last week, after much conjecture, it was announced Otmar Szafnauer had left his role as Aston Martin Formula One CEO and team principal.

Rumours about his future had been circulating since last autumn when the 57-year-old Romanian-American was linked to a move to the Alpine team that were known as Renault prior to the 2021 season.

That squad was led by Cyril Abiteboul since it returned to the sport in 2016. However, following a string of disappointments he was replaced by Laurent Rossi ahead of last season. Now, just a year later either Rossi or Alpine’s Racing Director Davide Brivio may be shown the door with Otmar Szafnauer set to fill his boots. Szafnauer is hot property after playing a huge part in the success enjoyed by the under-resourced Force India team.

The team finished seventh in the 2010 World Constructors’ Championship, sixth in 2011, 2013 and 2014, fifth in 2015 and fourth in 2016 and 2017. Force India were sold in 2019 and morphed into the Aston Martin team.

But relations between Szafnauer and Aston Martin F1 team owner Lawrence Stroll have reportedly been strained for much of the past year and the team finished only seventh in the 2021 World Constructors’ Championship.


Whitmarsh in, Szafnauer to wait?

Szafnauer departure from Aston Martin has pushed the door ajar for former McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh to lead the team.

In September 2021 he was recruited into the role of Chief Executive Officer at Aston Martin Performance Technologies. Observers would say a move to Team Principle is an odds-on favorite.

Otmar Szafnauer taking the reins at Alpine ahead of the 2022 season is not such a short-priced proposition. Traditionally the sport has top-brass employees tied into rigid contracts which require 12 or 24 months of ‘gardening leave’ (a period of paid leave whereby departed staff cannot work for another company).

Currently the F1 World Constructors’ Championship betting odds – headed by Mercedes and Red Bull – sees Alpine trading at best odds of 50/1 with Unibet and Aston Martin at 80s with the same firm.


F1 Constructors Championship Odds 2022

Here are the latest F1 Constructors betting odds for the upcoming season as of today (11 Jan 2022) from bet365*.

  • 4/9 Mercedes
  • 5/2 Red Bull
  • 7/1 Ferrari
  • 33/1 McClaren
  • 40/1 Alpine
  • 66/1 AlphaTauri
  • 66/1 Aston Martin
  • 200/1 Williams
  • 250/1 Alfa Romeo
  • 250/1 Haas

* F1 betting odds correct at the time of publication. All F1 odds subject to change.