Japanese Grand Prix Odds: Verstappen Chasing Crown at Suzuka

After a frustrating weekend in Singapore, Max Verstappen is again looking to clinch the Drivers' Championship this weekend at Suzuka. Japanese Grand Prix odds suggest this will be the weekend for the Dutch driver.

Last Updated: Oct 8, 2022 10:08 AM ET Read Time: 4 min
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After a two-season absence, due to the pandemic, one of Formula 1's most famous races returns this weekend with the Japanese Grand Prix at the famous Suzuka Circuit.

While last weekend's race didn't go according to plan, Red Bull is looking at a dream scenario in which its lead driver, Max Verstappen, clinches the 2022 World Drivers' Championship — at the de facto home of Honda, its engine supplier. 

As Verstappen learned at Marina Bay, securing that title is easier said than done, but Japanese Grand Prix odds suggest a coronation is ahead. Check out the full Japanese GP odds below and read our Japanese Grand Prix picks for more. 

F1 Japanese Grand Prix odds

Driver Odds to win Japanese GP
Max Verstappen -225
Charles Leclerc +300
Carlos Sainz +1,200
Lewis Hamilton +1,400
Sergio Perez +1,600
George Russell +2,500
Fernando Alonso +10,000
Esteban Ocon +22,500
Lando Norris +25,000
Sebastian Vettel +50,000
Daniel Ricciardo +50,000
Valtteri Bottas +100,000
Yuki Tsunoda +100,000
Guanyu Zhou +100,000
Pierre Gasly +200,000
Alex Albon +200,000
Kevin Magnussen +200,000
Mick Schumacher +200,000
Lance Stroll +250,000
Nicholas Latifi +300,000

Odds courtesy of bet365 on October 8, 2022.

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Japanese Grand Prix Prix favorites

Max Verstappen (-225)

After a frustrating weekend in Singapore, Max Verstappen's wait to clinch the 2022 Drivers' Championship will continue into race day at Suzuka. One of the highest-speed circuits on the calendar, it appears set to be a Red Bull-dominated weekend — and the odds reflect as much after Verstappen took pole in qualifying.   

Charles Leclerc (+300)

During the early stages of qualifying, it looked like Leclerc and Verstappen would be in a great fight for pole down to the end. Instead, the Ferrari driver could not even improve on his final fast lap of Q3 and will start from second in the race. 

Carlos Sainz (+1,200)

After posting competitive times in FP3 and the early parts of qualifying, Leclerc's teammate Carlos Sainz fell away in Q3 to settle into the second row. Sainz will start third in the race, alongside Sergio Perez.     

Japanese Grand Prix starting grid

Starting Position Driver (Team)
1. Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
2. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
3. Carlos Sainz Jr. (Ferrari)
4. Sergio Perez (Red Bull)
5. Esteban Ocon (Alpine)
6. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
7. Fernando Alonso (Alpine)
8. George Russell (Mercedes)
9. Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin)
10. Lando Norris (McLaren)
11. Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren)
12. Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo)
13. Yuki Tsunoda (AlphaTauri)
14. Guanyu Zhou (Alfa Romeo)
15. Mick Schumacher (Haas)
16. Alex Albon (Williams)
17. Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri)
18. Kevin Magnussen (Haas)
19. Lance Stroll (Aston Martin)
20. Nicholas Latifi (Williams)

Understanding F1 betting odds

The most popular way to bet on Formula 1 odds is by simply picking the winner of a particular race. Other popular F1 betting options include which car/constructor will win and whether or not a particular race car driver will end up on the podium with a Top-3 finish.

F1 race odds usually look like this:

  • Sergio Perez +1,400

This means that on a $100 bet, you'll stand to profit $1,400 if Perez wins that particular race. If one driver is especially dominant, you might see a minus sign (-) ahead of that driver's odds like this: 

  • Max Verstappen -120

This means that you would need to bet $120 to win $100 on Verstappen winning the race.

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