F1: Lewis Hamilton favorite, despite the technical revolution

Racing fans will be treated to all-new Formula 1 single-seaters in 2022, but the order of things doesn’t seem to have been turned upside down, at least in the eyes of bookmakers.

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Indeed, Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) achieved the best time at the end of the first week of winter testing which was mainly used to debug the new cars last week.

Thus, the seven-time world champion and vice-champion in 2021 is the driver among the 20 on the starting grid which will allow bettors to receive the smallest purse in the event of a winning bet. Mise-o-jeu has set the odds at 2.35. Not far behind, Max Verstappen (Red Bull) would win 3.65 times his bet.

Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) is the 13th highest-rated driver, so a $10 bet will pay off 251 times if he becomes the first Quebecer since Jacques Villeneuve (1997) to win the world crown.

If he aims for the top, Stroll will first have to dominate his teammate Sebastian Vettel, and it is far from a foregone conclusion. In head-to-head bets, the quadruple world champion is favorite by virtue of a rating of 1.25, much less profitable than that of Stroll (3.65).

Vettel, author of the fifth time of the tests in Barcelona behind Hamilton, George Russell (Mercedes), Sergio Perez (Red Bull) and Verstappen, could prove to be a paying choice, since their odds are at 151.00 for the title.

The Russian Nikita Mazepin (Haas) is the lowest rated driver, at 2001.00. He could miss a few events, including the British Grand Prix, due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Among the teams, Mercedes (1.65), Red Bull (4.00) and Ferrari (4.25) seem in a class of their own. McLaren (14.00) also impressed in Spain and could enter the fight.

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