F1 World Drivers’ Championship Odds
With the F1 season coming to a close, it seems like Verstappen is definitely taking this year’s championship. The F1 betting odds are all seeing the dutch racer as the favorite. Last season was one of the closest yet, with the rivalry between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton growing even stronger. This year Hamilton seems to have fallen off the grid with the new changes his Mercedes team has made to their car.
While we already know who is going to win the championship this year, we have decided to take a look back at some of the closest F1 tournaments throughout history.
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Who is Leading the 2022 F1 World Championship Drivers’ Points?
A 25-point finish at Monza boosted Verstappen’s lead over Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in the World Championship to 116 points. The gap between Leclerc and Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Perez has now widened to nine points. Mercedes’ George Russell, who finished on the podium for the seventh time this season, is only seven points ahead of Perez. After coming back from 18th on the grid, Carlos Sainz now trails Russell by 16 points. A 35-point gap separates Lewis Hamilton and Russell, the other Mercedes driver.
Who is Leading the 2022 F1 World Championship Constructors’ Points?
The 34 points Red Bull accumulated in Italy allowed it to go 139 points clear of Ferrari in the constructors’ standings. Ferrari is 35 points ahead of Mercedes after Mercedes lost five points. Even though Daniel Ricciardo lost six points in the closing laps, McLaren is still 18 points ahead of Alpine in fourth place. Aston Martin’s point streak came to an end with a double DNF, so AlphaTauri is now eight points clear of Aston Martin in the fight for eighth. It was debutant Nyck de Vries who helped Williams score its fourth points finish of the season. It was Alfa Romeo’s first point in seven races.
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The Closest Ever F1 Championships
Lewis Hamilton & Felippe Massa – Hamilton lost the F1 championship by one point a year prior to taking the championship in 2008. Massa was seven points ahead of Hamilton going into the season finale in Brazil. Massa’s championship chances were pretty simple: he needed a win in Brazil, and Hamilton needed a sixth-place finish. It appeared that Massa had won the championship in Brazil, but Hamilton passed Timo Glock on the final lap to secure fifth place and win the championship by one point.
Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso & Kimi Raikkonen – Lewis Hamilton led Fernando Alonso by 107 points heading into the 2007 season finale in Brazil, while Kimi Raikkonen was second with 100 points. On race day, aiming to become a champion for the first time, Hamilton struggled with a gearbox issue and finished seventh. It was the first time a driver had gone from third to first in the standings during the final race of the season when Raikkonen won the race and the championship. Alonso and Raikkonen each won four races for McLaren that season. Raikkonen won six times for Ferrari.
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Michael Schumacher & Damon Hill – Michael Schumacher won the 1994 championship in one of the most disputed and still talked about ways in F1 history. Before the last race of the season, Schumacher and Damon Hill were only separated by a single point in the championship standings. On lap 35 of the 81-lap race, Schumacher inadvertently brushed a barrier, perhaps causing aerodynamic damage to the vehicle. On the following turn, Hill sneaks up on Schumacher as a result of the break. Schumacher, in what race stewards ruled was a racing move, then made contact with Hill. The resulting collision took both cars out of the race and cost them points. It also clinched Schumacher’s first of seven F1 titles. Hill and Schumacher finished that final race of the season in 19th and 20th places, respectively.
Niki Lauda & Alain Prost – In the 1984 Formula 1 season, Niki Lauda and Alain Prost won seven of the 16 races, while Alain Prost took eight victories and Niki Lauda five. 72 points were enough for second-place finisher Elio de Angelis, who finished winless with just 34 points to his credit. The 0.5-point difference in the standings can be pointed to the 1984 Monaco Grand Prix specifically. That race was cut short due to heavy rain after only 31 of the planned 76 laps, resulting in half-points for that race since it did not reach 75% completion. After Prost won at Monaco, he was presented with the trophy, but finishing 4.5 points behind Lauda eventually cost him the season championship.