2020 F1 Prediction: Max Verstappen Seeks Lead as DNF Denies Leclerc in Spain
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There will be six races this season, but only two pilots appear to be serious contenders for the title.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen won his first overall Formula One title in 2021, but it was a highly contentious victory, and the legendary Lewis Hamilton missed out on a record-equaling eighth world championship.
Following the return of the seven-time champion to the Mercedes team and his decision to return to Formula 1, it was expected that Verstallen and Hamilton would fight for the title.
Max has displayed a high level of class thus far in the current season, while Lewis has yet to demonstrate his potential.
Due to their failure to adjust to the new rules, the Mercedes team’s performance in 2022 has not gone as planned. The Ferrari and Red Bull teams, on the other hand, were able to adapt to the changes with relative ease.
Following Leclerc’s early exit from the race, Max Verstappen is in first place in the drivers’ competition.
Max won his fourth race of the year, the Spanish Grand Prix, just a few weeks ago. With this win, he moved into first place in the drivers’ standings, ahead of Leclerc and Perez.
Leclerc started the season by winning the Bahrain Grand Prix, then finished second in Australia two races later, and now he leads his rivals by 18 points heading into this weekend.
Leclerc qualified on pole and was on his way to winning his third race of the season in Barcelona. However, the car broke down near the end of the race, losing momentum and the rider’s hopes of winning the race were dashed.
After Leclerc retired, Verstappen overtook Pérez with Russell in third position.
Given that he was already nineteenth at the start of the race, Lewis Hamilton finished fifth, which is a respectable result. He dropped positions in the rankings as a result of the race results, and he is now 28 points behind Russell, who is currently in fourth place.
After six races, the pilots’ standings are as follows:
- Max Verstappen (Red Bull) – 110 points
- Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) – 104
- Sergio Perez (Red Bull) – 85
- George Russell (Mercedes) – 74
- Carlos Sainz Jr. (Ferrari) – 65
- Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) – 46
- Lando Norris (McLaren) – 39
- Valteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo) – 38
- Esteban Ocon (Alpine) – 30
- Kevin Magnussen (Haas) – 15
Verstappen’s chances of winning the championship at the end of the season appear to be improving now that he is in first place. Following that is Betwinner’s table of Formula 1 odds.
After six races, the following is the odds table:
- Max Verstappen -160
- Charles Leclerc +145
- George Russell +1800
- Lewis Hamilton +2600
- Carlos Sainz Jr. +3400
- Sergio Perez +7000
Given Perez’s position in third place, only 25 points behind the leader, it’s surprising that he’s given such a high chance of winning.
Even though less than a third of the season’s scheduled races have been completed, the standings could still change dramatically. Although the chances are slim, Hamilton or Russell are very likely to improve their performance and try to win the overall standings.
These pilots’ issues are completely solvable; all you have to do now is improve your current situation. It’s too early to write off Mercedes pilots because the season is still young.
However, everything appears to be pointing towards Verstappen and Leclerc, who have a long history of personal rivalries, winning the 2022 overall standings.
Red Bull beat Ferrari in the Constructors’ Championship ahead of Monaco
The battle for leadership in the Constructors’ Championship in 2022 appears to be between the Red Bull and Ferrari teams, but no one knows if it will be as fierce as the pilots’ rivalry.
Red Bull leads the standings with 195 points after six of the twenty-two races, followed by Ferrari with 169 points and Mercedes in third place with 120 points. Red Bull is -130, Ferrari is +115, and Mercedes is +1000, according to the bookmakers.
Changes in the positions of the leaders may occur at Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix, where Leclerc claims victory and a return to the first position in the overall standings of drivers.
In 2021, Leclerc qualified on pole but was unable to start due to a mechanical failure, allowing Verstappen to win and score the necessary points, bringing him closer to victory.