What can we expect this weekend? More politics around the cost cap, Red Bull’s ‘minor’ infringement and the difference between theirs and Williams and Aston Martin. What does this mean for the cost cap in the future? Further investigations are still ongoing between the FIA and the Red Bull Racing Team, but since this is the first time this system has been implemented and is being enforced, and only one team has fallen foul of it, it might not be a misinterpretation of the regulations, we need to wait to get more information later on. As a counterargument, could this be another masterstroke that Red Bull has perfected thanks to a financial Adrian Newey?
We won’t be expecting a drop off in pace from the reigning World Champion as he still wants to push as much as possible; knowing that he has the best car might motivate him to keep raking in those wins. The development of Red Bull might have stopped a couple of weekends ago, focusing mostly on next year and channelling their resources towards year-on-year success rather than one-offs.
A title is still to be won this weekend, which is the Constructor Championship, which might be an interesting battle between Perez and Leclerc for who finishes second in the championship. In Japan, we saw some great racing between the two in the closing stages of the race, which culminated in Charles being too late on the breaks and gifting the Mexican second place—the FIA deemed that he rejoined the track dangerously and gained a lastly advantage.
Another interesting factor in the upcoming weekend is the introduction of Logan Sargeant, who is an American driver currently racing in F2 but will make his debut in the Williams in FP1. What a moment it will be for the young driver, as he will be cheered on by a surplus of more than 400,000 eager spectators.
The weather looks to be dry, which is normally the case when we go racing in Austin.
With a lot of confusion after the Japanese GP, Max Verstappen would love that iconic message over the radio informing him that he is the – ‘World Champion!’. Should he win in Austin, which Verstappen is priced at 4/9 (1.45) to do we might just hear it. Charles Leclerc is the only one that could stop him getting the win and he is priced at 5/1 (6.00) to seal another win whilst Sergio Perez is at 9/1 (10.00) to continue on a brilliant run of form.
Sergio Perez has had some sort of a surge in his performance as of late, with a win in Singapore and finishing second in very tricky conditions in Japan, seeing him close the gap to Charles Leclerc in second place. We are pricing the Mexican driver at 1/1 (2.00) to spray Champagne on Sunday, together with Lewis Hamilton, who is priced at 1/1 (2.00) and Carlos Sainz at 5/4 (2.25), who is priced at the least likely driver from the top three teams.
Here are some of the bets that you can place on constructor betting:
- Ferrari, to be the winning car at 4/1 (5.00)
- Red Bull, to win qualifying at 1/1 (2.00)
- AlphaTauri having the fastest team pit stop at 11/1 (12.00)
Practice 1 – Friday, 21st October 2022, 14:00 – 15:00
Practice 2 – Friday, 21st October 2022, 15:00 – 18:30
Practice 3 – Saturday, 22nd October 2022, 14:00 – 15:00
Qualifying – Saturday, 22nd October 2022, 17:00 – 18:00
Race – Sunday, 23th October 2022, 14:00 – 16:00
Times displayed are track times
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*Odds subject to change. Odds correct at time of publishing