Charles Leclerc is a confident selection in the race win market on this Sunday’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, staged at Imola, Italy.
The Ferrari driver has already taken two gold and a silver medal from three races this season. Furthermore, he has claimed all three ‘fastest lap’ battles. But it is not simply his record that makes him appeal this weekend. The circuit is one that will doubtlessly play to his car’s strengths.
This season Red Bull has developed a car that seems to enjoy long straights and high speeds – for the team it is a break from tradition. Ferrari has a car that corners well and exits those corners with momentum. Therefore, at the Formula One race tracks that are categorised as ‘medium or high downforce’, the Italian team are the one to beat. Imola fits into this bracket.
Vitally, the Red Bull cars have proven to be unreliable in 2022. Max Verstappen has suffered two mechanical failures, teammate Sergio Perez has also failed to see the chequered flag once this season.
Even before Verstappen parked his smoking car on the side of the road in Albert Park, Australia, he acknowledged the leading car was too quick and he did not have the pace to race with him. Of course, he was able to compete and win in Saudi Arabia but that venue was ‘low downforce’.
A Ferrari 1-2 Will Do
Such is our confidence in the fast and, so far reliable 2022 Ferrari we like the 23/20 on offer with William Hill about a double Ferrari podium finish. Ferrari number two driver, Carlos Sainz, claimed second in the season’s opening race and took third in Saudi Arabia.
Bad luck saw him qualify only ninth last time in Australia. Hard tyres and some mid-field battling led him to spin-off. It was an excusable mistake and was his first retirement in 32 races.
Gasly For Another Points Finish
Pierre Gasly was in eighth position when his car caught fire in the Bahrain Grand Prix. But he has looked solid since, taking eighth in Saudi Arabia and ninth in Australia.
The Frenchman who, courtesy of a string of strong results, may find himself in a better car and/or stronger team in 2023, can be backed at betting odds of 8/13 for a third consecutive points finish. It’s a shortie but a great price.
Recommended F1 Bets
- Charles Leclerc to win the race – 5/4 at Betfair Sportsbook
- Ferrari double podium finish – 23/20 at William Hill
- Pierre Gasly to finish in the points – 8/13 at William Hill
* F1 betting odds correct at the time of publication. All odds subject to changes.