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F1 odds: Lewis Hamilton opens as favorite to win Saudi Arabia Grand Prix

We break down the opening odds for the Saudi Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton has all the momentum heading into the second to last race of the season.

Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W12 during the F1 Grand Prix of Qatar at Losail International Circuit on November 21, 2021 in Doha, Qatar. Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images

Lewis Hamilton is on a roll as the Formula One season comes down the home stretch, and oddsmakers don’t expect that to change in two weeks. F1 is headed to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in two Sundays for the inaugural Saudi Arabian Grand Prix and Hamilton is a sizable favorite to win.

DraftKings Sportsbook opened odds for the race and Hamilton is -200 to win. Max Verstappen follows at +215. It then drops to Valtteri Bottas at +1400 and Sergio Perez at +2000. We get a sizable drop from there to Pierre Gasly, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris all at +6500.

Hamilton is in second place in the season-long points race, but he has all the momentum heading into the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. If he wins each of the final two races, or wins one and finishes ahead of Verstappen in the other, he’ll take home the title after an impressive late comeback. Hamilton has won the past two races after Verstappen won the previous two.

The race will run Sunday, December 5 at noon ET on ESPN2. That will be 8 p.m. in Jeddah, so they’ll be running under the lights. The day prior, qualifying will run at noon on ESPNews.

2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, starting grid + odds

Starting Pos Driver Opening odds Pre-qualifying odds Post-qualifying odds
Starting Pos Driver Opening odds Pre-qualifying odds Post-qualifying odds
1 Lewis Hamilton -200 -175 -300
2 Valtteri Bottas +1400 +1100 +900
3 Max Verstappen +215 +185 +340
4 Charles Leclerc +6500 +6500 +2500
5 Sergio Perez +2000 +4000 +3500
6 Pierre Gasly +6500 +8000 +8000
7 Lando Norris +6500 +8000 +8000
8 Yuki Tsunoda +25000 +10000 +20000
9 Esteban Ocon +15000 +15000 +15000
10 Antonio Giovinazzi +50000 +50000 +50000
11 Daniel Ricciardo +10000 +15000 +20000
12 Kimi Raikkonen +50000 +50000 +80000
13 Fernando Alonso +15000 +15000 +30000
14 George Russell +10000 +50000 +80000
15 Carlos Sainz +8000 +8000 +25000
16 Nicholas Latifi +50000 +80000 +80000
17 Sebastian Vettel +25000 +40000 +80000
18 Lance Stroll +30000 +40000 +80000
19 Mick Schumacher +50000 +80000 +80000
20 Nikita Mazepin +50000 +80000 +80000

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