Lewis Hamilton has just one extra prospect to continue to keep his successful streak alive.
The seven-time System 1 winner has received at least a single race in just about every of his former 15 F1 seasons. But he enters the 2022 time finale in Abu Dhabi on Sunday (8 a.m. ET, ESPN2) without a win so considerably this time. And he hasn’t been near to winning for considerably of the period.
Mercedes’ (relative) struggles are nicely identified at this point. But the group showed some velocity in Brazil just a handful of days back as George Russell effortlessly completed to start with and Hamilton bounced back again from a collision with Max Verstappen to complete next.
Mercedes were being the dominant team in Brazil as their straight-line speed concerns were being minimized by cornering pace at Interlagos. Whilst Mercedes will most likely have the fastest automobiles all over the twisty sections of the Abu Dhabi observe, the track’s two long straights could close up hurting Hamilton’s possibilities of victory.
If Mercedes can make up for a straight-line velocity deficit, Hamilton and Russell will be back in rivalry. And the race odds mirror that. Though Verstappen is the most loved at +125, Hamilton is very well behind at +250 and Russell is at +350.
No one particular else is incredibly near. Sergio Perez is +800 to gain the race although Charles Leclerc is +1000 and Carlos Sainz is +1400.
While Verstappen’s quest for a 15th get and Hamilton’s profitable streak are the two dominant stories likely into the race, the fight concerning Perez and Leclerc for second position in the details standings is also exceptionally intriguing going into in the last race. Both motorists have 290 points and the exact regular complete (5.5).
Perez would have been forward of Leclerc in the standings if Verstappen experienced swapped spots with him on the ultimate lap, as Purple Bull had instructed him to do. But Verstappen chased Fernando Alonso for the full lap and held his situation.
Will Verstappen be ready to enable Perez if his teammate desires it in Abu Dhabi? He should really if he can. Purple Bull would like 1-2 in the drivers’ standings and Verstappen has practically nothing to drop in that regard.
In this article are our picks forward of the closing race of the 2022 time. All odds are from BetMGM.