Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship Odds


The Formula 1 offseason has been peppered with shocking news (Nico Rosberg’s retirement), somber departures (RIP Manor Racing), new ownership, rule changes and some very intriguing driver movement.

The question F1 bettors have, however, is whether or not there is any value on the Drivers’ Championship board ahead of the 2017 season considering Mercedes has been such a dominant force.

The world’s finest racing championship has lacked excitement in recent years as Toto Wolff’s team has cruised to the last three constructors’ and drivers’ championships without any real competition.

But Formula 1 looks to be entering a transitional period where youth is the order of the day.

Led by the exhilarating Max Verstappen, several F1 teams are filling seats with youth to try and compete with bigger teams and breathe new life into the sport.

Force India has given a seat to 20-year-old Frenchman Esteban Ocon; Haas looks to 24-year-old Dane Kevin Magnussen; McLaren turns to 24-year-old Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne; 22-year-old German Pascal Wehrlein joins Sauber; and 18-year-old Canadian Lance Stroll replaces Valteri Bottas at Williams.

If any of these drivers can replicate what Verstappen has been able to accomplish in his short time with Red Bull, then we are certainly in store for an excellent, competitive season.

While we all know about Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton (+120), who is the favorite to win silverware ahead of the March 20th opener in Australia, new rule changes certainly make a few other drivers worth a look.

Here is a look at three that bettors just might want to consider as futures option for the 2017 F1 season.

Max Verstappen (+300)

If the future of Formula 1 hinges on Max Verstappen, then we are in good hands. If you don’t believe me, go back and watch his Ayrton Senna-esque drive in Brazil in the penultimate race of the 2016 season and you’ll get an idea of what I’m talking about.

Verstappen is fast, he loves to pass and he is the sport’s next great international superstar. If anyone on that futures board is going to challenge Lewis Hamilton race in, race out, it’s going to be Max so +300 is a great looking price for the 19-year-old wunderkind.

As if it was written for Hollywood, Verstappen, who was promoted to Red Bull from Toro Rosso after four races in 2016, won his first ride in the car in the Spanish Grand Prix, making it known that he was ready to compete in a more powerful car. Add to that four second-place finishes and a pair of third-place results and the teen is poised for a memorable season in 2017.

Valtteri Bottas (+400)

Bottas takes over the Mercedes seat left vacant by 2016 champion Nico Rosberg who shocked the sport by announcing his retirement just days after cementing his first title with a steady-yet-stressful drive in Abu Dhabi.

The Finn, who comes in at +400, has never finished higher than fourth in the drivers’ standings (2014) and has never won a race, but takes over one of the most prestigious drives the sport has to offer.

More podiums are definitely in store for Bottas and he should be right there at the top of the standings come season’s end. The +400 price tag is a pretty appetizing one for a Mercedes car and poses good value for the sport’s dominant team.

Kimi Raikkonen (+5000)

This one is a bit further down the board, but The Ice Man already has a championship on his trophy mantle (2007) and this price for a Ferrari seems like great value. Sure, the team’s glory days are behind it but that is an incredibly attractive price for a team starving to get back to where it belongs and a supremely talented driver.

Kimi was sixth in the drivers’ standings last season and posted two second-place finishes in the first five races of the season so we know he is capable and I can promise you that Maurizio Arrivabene has been working overtime to get the team back into a winning position.

Some of the rule changes will cater to a faster car in 2017 so maybe these changes play right into Ferrari and that famous red livery is a more prominent player this year. If that is indeed the case, both Kimi and teammate Sebastian Vettel (+1400) are drivers to consider.

2017 Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship
Driver Odds
Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) +120
Max Verstappen (Red Bull) +300
Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) +400
Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) +400
Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) +1400
Fernando Alonso (McLaren) +2500
Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) +5000
Stoffel Vandoorne (McLaren) +10000
Carlos Sainz Jr. (Toro Rosso) +10000
Felipe Massa (Williams) +15000
Nico Hulkenberg (Renault) +15000
Esteban Ocon (Force India) +20000
Sergio Perez (Force India) +20000
Kevin Magnussen (Haas) +25000
Romain Grosjean (Haas) +30000
Jolyon Palmer (Renault) +30000
Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso) +50000
Lance Stroll (Williams) +50000
Marcus Ericsson (Sauber) +100000

Odds as of February 7 at Bovada

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As we enter the summer break of the 2016 Formula 1 season, Mercedes dominates the top of the drivers’ standings as Lewis Hamilton sits 19 points ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg through the first 12 races.

With that, Hamilton is now the -500 to win the 2016 championship which is perhaps somewhat surprising since Rosberg was so dominant in the early stages of the season.

The German won the opening four races of the season and built a huge lead over the rest of the drivers. Early days, sure, but Rosberg was putting together some of the best drives of his career.

Then Spain happened.

Both Mercedes cars crashed out in the opening lap of the Spanish Grand Prix leading to a first ever victory for Red Bull’s young phenome Max Verstappen. Since then, however, it’s been all Lewis Hamilton.

The Brit enters the break with six wins in seven races since crashing out in Spain and has won four straight events after capturing the checkered flag in Austria, Great Britain, Hungary and Germany.

Rosberg has now fallen to +325 on the futures board at online shop Bovada. Considering the fact that he’s still in contention at just 19 points behind Hamilton, it’s a pretty good price for a driver that will be starving for wins down the stretch in the final nine races.

2016 Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship Odds

Odds as of August 3 at Bovada

  • Lewis Hamilton -500
  • Nico Rosberg +325
  • Sebastian Vettel +20000
  • Daniel Ricciardo +20000
  • Max Verstappen +40000
  • Kimi Raikkonen +50000

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Just as you thought Nico Rosberg was running away with the 2016 Formula 1 championship, here comes 18-year-old wunderkind Max Verstappen.

The Dutch phenom responded to a promotion to Red Bull with a spectacular drive and win at the Spanish Grand Prix Sunday and has shot up the futures board at Bovada as a result. It would clearly take a herculean effort to wrestle the title from either Rosberg or his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton, but Verstappen can now be had at +4000 on the futures board.

Verstappen was promoted to Red Bull from Toro Rosso following the Russian Grand Prix to pair with Daniel Ricciardo. Moving down to the Toro Rosso team was Daniil Kvyat, who finished 10th in Barcelona.

Rosberg had won the opening four races of the F1 calendar but an opening-lap collision with teammate Hamilton forced the Mercedes contingent out of the race and opened the door for somebody to bag a ton of points.

Verstappen answered that call and now sits sixth in the standings with 38 points. He’s still a whopping 62 behind Rosberg but the thought of Verstappen in a better car with a better engine should put the drivers ahead of him in the standings on notice.

With five races down, here’s a look at the championship futures board.

2016 Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship Odds

Odds as of May 17 at Bovada

  • Nico Rosberg -150
  • Lewis Hamilton +150
  • Sebastian Vettel +2800
  • Daniel Ricciardo +3300
  • Max Verstappen +4000
  • Kimi Raikkonen +8000
  • Fernando Alonso +250000
  • Valtteri Bottas +300000
  • Felipe Massa +500000
  • Jenson Button +250000
  • Daniil Kyvat +500000
  • Romain Grosjean +500000
  • Carlos Sainz Jr. +500000
  • Sergio Perez +750000
  • Nico Hulkenberg +750000
  • Esteban Gutierrez +750000
  • Jolyon Palmer +750000
  • Marcus Ericsson +750000
  • Felipe Nasr +750000
  • Pascal Wehrlein +750000
  • Rio Haryanto +750000

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Two races have been completed in the 2016 Formula 1 season and while Mercedes has captured the checkered flag in each, it was Nico Rosberg, not the favored Lewis Hamilton, that was behind the wheel for both victories.

Rosberg entered the season at +325 while his last year’s champion Lewis Hamilton came in as the -165 in Drivers’ Championship futures at online book Bovada. The German tops the standings entering the Chinese Grand Prix with 50 points while Hamilton comes in next with 33 following second and third-place finished in Australia and Bahrain respectively.

Third in the drivers’ standings is Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo. The Aussie driver, who is fifth on the futures board at +6600, has back-to-back fourth-place finishes and there is reason to be optimistic about Red Bull in 2016 after a disappointing 2015 season.

With two races down, here’s a look at the championship futures board.

2016 Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship Odds

Odds as of April 6 at Bovada

  • Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) -120
  • Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) +138
  • Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) +800
  • Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) +3300
  • Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) +6600
  • Fernando Alonso (McLaren) +30000
  • Jenson Button (McLaren) +30000
  • Valtteri Bottas (Williams) +50000
  • Romain Grosjean (Haas) +50000
  • Felipe Massa (Williams) +50000
  • Daniil Kvyat (Red Bull) +75000
  • Max Verstappen (Toro Rosso) +75000
  • Sergio Perez (Force India) +100000
  • Carlos Sainz Jr. (Toro Rosso) +100000
  • Niko Hulkenberg (Force India) +150000
  • Esteban Gutierrez (Haas) +150000
  • Jolyon Palmer (Renault) +200000
  • Marcus Ericsson (Sauber) +2500000
  • Felipe Nasr (Sauber) +2500000
  • Pascal Wehrlein (Manor) +500000
  • Rio Haryanto (Manor) +500000

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The 2016 Formula 1 season is right around the corner and with that comes the release of futures odds at sportsbooks.

We take a look at three drivers from a variety of price ranges that could have an impact when the season starts in Australia on March 20.

The Favorite – Lewis Hamilton (-165)

Mercedes – and specifically, Lewis Hamilton – dominated the 2015 campaign. Hamilton won 10 races and finished atop the drivers’ standings by 59 points over teammate Nico Rosberg.

It is no surprise that online shop Bovada opens with the Brit as the -165 favorite to win his third-consecutive Formula 1 championship this season.

Mercedes dominated the F1 calendar last season with both Hamilton and teammate Nico Rosberg slipping up in Hungary (sixth and eighth respectively) and a couple of retirements in Singapore (Hamilton) and Russia (Rosberg) but it was basically smooth sailing for the team and Hamilton in particular.

Hamilton had the title clinched with a first-place finish in the United States Grand Prix, leaving the final three races as a technicality more than anything.

Mercedes – and Hamilton – shows no signs of slowing down and the expanded grid this year (to 22 cars) just means that there are more drivers that will have to get out of his way.

The Dark Horse – Daniel Ricciardo (+6600)

With one team so dominant, it was tough for other teams to hang with Mercedes. Ever Ferrari had issues, though Sebastian Vettel did show flashes of his championship-caliber self at points during the calendar.

One driver who is due for a big bounce-back year could be Daniel Ricciardo.

Yeah, I know. We have all heard about Ricciardo’s promise heading into last season, but the Aussie is too talented behind the wheel and Red Bull is too strong a team to repeat such a nightmarish season as they had last year.

Ricciardo actually finished behind teammate Daniil Kvyat in the championship standings after he promised so much during his third-place 2014 campaign.

Both Red Bull cars tested well and recorded brisk times in Barcelona earlier in February so hopefully that is a sign of promising things to come from both Red Bull and Ricciardo.

The Long Shot – Max Verstappen (+25000)

Yes. When I say long shot, I mean looooong shot. But if any driver can pull off some upsets, it could be the young Dutchman.

Verstappen overcame some early-season issues and was able to post some fourth-placed finishes (Hungary, USA) on his resume and finished 12th in last season’s standings.

He is the youngest driver in the history of F1, making his debut at 17 years, 166 days last season and is an exciting, sometimes cavalier driver that is clearly being groomed for bigger things in the sport down the road.

If you are looking to add a little excitement to your F1 futures betting, back Verstappen and follow the youngster throughout the calendar. Is he going to win? It would be difficult, but he’ll make it interesting. I promise.

2016 Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship Odds

Odds as of March 13 at Bovada

  • Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) -165
  • Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) +325
  • Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) +325
  • Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) +2800
  • Fernando Alonso (McLaren) +4000
  • Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) +6600
  • Jenson Button (McLaren) +6600
  • Valtteri Bottas (Williams) +10000
  • Daniil Kvyat (Red Bull) +10000
  • Felipe Massa (Williams) +15000
  • Sergio Perez (Force India) +20000
  • Carlos Sainz Jr. (Toro Rosso) +25000
  • Max Verstappen (Toro Rosso) +25000
  • Niko Hulkenberg (Force India) +25000
  • Romain Grosjean (Haas) +50000
  • Esteban Gutierrez (Haas) +75000
  • Jolyon Palmer (Renault) +75000
  • Marcus Ericsson (Sauber) +100000
  • Felipe Nasr (Sauber) +100000


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