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F1 odds: Max Verstappen sits as favorite to win Heineken Australian Grand Prix heading into weekend

We break down the opening odds for the Heineken Australian Grand Prix, which is the third race of the Formula One season.

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The F1 circuit is heading down under this weekend for the Australian Grand Prix. The race is scheduled for Sunday, April 10 and the scheduled is extended out to four days with qualifying getting a stand-alone day. This is the first time the race will run since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We’re two races into the F1 season and Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen have claimed the first two checkered flags. Leclerc finished second in Verstappen’s win which leaves the Monégasques driver in first place. Carlos Sainz is in second thanks to second and third place finishes, while Verstappen is third after finishing 19th and first in his two races.

Verstappen is the favorite in Australia at DraftKings Sportsbook. The Belgian-Dutch driver and defending F1 points champion is installed at +125 to win after taking the checkered flag two weekends ago at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. Leclerc is close behind him though, getting +140 odds to cross the line first. Sainz is the driver with the third-best odds, though it’s pretty far off. He’s starting the week at +850 to win it all.

Native Aussie Daniel Ricciardo, who drives for McLaren, is a major longshot in his homecoming event. He sits in 19th place out of 20 drivers in the overall F1 standings through two races. His odds of winning his hometown race are currently +25000.

2022 Australian Grand Prix odds, Apr 4

Driver Winner
Driver Winner
Max Verstappen +125
Charles Leclerc +140
Carlos Sainz +850
Sergio Perez +1200
Lewis Hamilton +1400
George Russell +2500
Valtteri Bottas +10000
Pierre Gasly +10000
Kevin Magnussen +10000
Fernando Alonso +10000
Esteban Ocon +10000
Lando Norris +15000
Yuki Tsunoda +20000
Mick Schumacher +20000
Daniel Ricciardo +25000
Zhou Guanyu +30000
Sebastian Vettel +50000
Lance Stroll +50000
Nicholas Latifi +70000
Alex Albon +70000

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