F1 2020 Drivers Championship favorites and early odds

Posted by Derrick Harper on February 28, 2020 in

Formula One fans from all over the world are counting down the days as we slowly approach the 2020 FIA Formula One World Championship, slated to kick off on Sunday, March 15 with the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park Circuit, Melbourne. Let’s check the F1 2020 Odds for your Formula One Betting.

F1 2020 Drivers Championship favorites and early odds

Taking place from March 15 to November 29, the 2020 F1 World Championship is due to be contested over 22 Grand Prix races, making it the longest in sport’s history. That is, however, if there won’t be any huge changes to the schedule, which already had its Chinese Grand Prix postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Although the start of the 2020 season is still a handful of days away, the bookmakers have already provided early betting odds for the Drivers Championship, and if those odds are to go by, we might as well hand Lewis Hamilton his seventh title now and get over with it. But as always, when it comes to sports betting, things are not always like they seem and favourites are not always the ones who triumph.

Here we will look at the early F1 2020 Drivers’ Championship odds and four drivers every F1 fan or bettor should look out for.

Can Hamilton make it four in a row?

F1 2020 Odds: Lewis Hamilton – 200

Lewis Hamilton is entering the 2020 season as a massive favourite to win his seventh title, and if his performance in 2019 is to go by, there are not many arguments to be made against that.

Last season alone, Hamilton has proven once more why he is considered as one of the greatest F1 drivers that ever lived, and while saying he is THE greatest might be (still) a bit far fetched, there is no shortage of people who believe he is.

If the British F1 superstar can claim his fourth consecutive title this year, he would match the seven titles won by the legendary Michael Schumacher. Given that wining seven titles is his lifelong ambition, it’s fair to say he won’t take his shoes off and start relaxing just yet – on the contrary, we might see the best version of him comes 2020 season.

Last season, he ended the year with a win at Abu Dhabi, earning a total of 413 points, which was his highest-ever points tally. Whether he will manage to break his own record this season is anyone’s guess, but one thing is for sure – he is rightfully the favourite to come out ahead once more.

Max Verstappen looking to impress

F1 2020 Odds: Max Verstappen +500

Max Verstappen finished 2019 season with a bronze medal in the Drivers’ Standings with 278 points to his name. He won three races (Austria, Germany, Brazil) and pocketed nine podium finishes, as well as six fourth-place finishes.

Overall, the 22-year-old superstar had a great season for Red Bull and will look to build on the success in 2020. While 2019 was his best season yet, it remains to be seen whether the Belgian driver will manage to carry over the success into 2020. Bookmakers seem to believe so, as he is priced as one of the top three favourites to go the distance, which might overrate him a bit, given how stacked the line-up for 2020 season looks like.

A lot will come down to how well Red Bull starts the season and whether the Honda motor will manage to match up with the likes of Ferrari and Mercedes. That said, Verstappen will have a lot to prove this season, considering his contract with Red Bull will run out at the end of 2020. There are already rumours he would join Mercedes if Hamilton ends up leaving for Ferrari, meaning that the youngster will enter the season looking to impress the leading men at the Silver Arrows.

Will that be enough for him to clinch the title, however, remains to be seen.

The future star of Ferrari set to shock the world

F1 2020 Odds: Charles Leclerc +600

Priced as the third favourite, Leclerc will have a lot to prove to justify the incredibly short odds the bookies offered on him, but for him to do so, the youngster will have to pull out one of the biggest upset championship title runs in history.

That is not to say, Leclerc is a bad driver, which he isn’t. He won two races last season which was a phenomenal outcome for the Monegasque driver who will look to build on that and add a few more in 2020. While winning three, four or even five races would be an exceptional achievement for Leclerc, winning the whole championship would mean he has to derail one of the best F1 drivers of all time – Hamilton, which is very unlikely.

As the future star of Ferrari, a lot of fans will demand results from him, but it seems like we will need to wait a couple more years before Leclerc flourishes into one of the greats. He is still more than capable of finishing the season among the top three, but anything more would be a shock for everyone, even Leclerc himself.

Botas set to play second fiddle once more

Valtteri Bottas had a few moments of greatness in 2019 and although he surely hoped for more, it was still the best season he ever had, meaning we could expect more great things from him this season.

In 2019, Bottas won four races, starting with Melbourne, to which he added Azerbaijan, Japan and the United States. He also pocketed silver in Bahrain, China, Spain, France, Great Britain, Italy and Russia.

In the end, Bottas finished the Drivers’ Championship as a runner up to Hamilton, as he did in six races throughout the whole season. That alone does paint a clear picture of how his season went and we can be sure he knows that if Hamilton wasn’t there, he would have won the whole thing. Playing second fiddle to someone can be very mentally straining, yet it can also push the drivers to be the best they can be.

Knowing he will have to outperform himself two folds to upset his teammate, we can expect Bottas to continue putting up solid results, but when push comes to shove, he will have a hard time coming out ahead of Hamilton.

Other drivers and odds:

  • Sebastian Vettel: 12.00 (+1100)
  • Alexander Albon: 101.00 (+10000)
  • Carlos Sainz: 501.00 (+50000)
  • Sergio Perez: 501.00 (+50000)
  • Lance Stroll: 501.00 (+50000)
  • Esteban Ocon: 1001.00 (+100000)
  • Lando Norris: 1001.00 (+100000)
  • Kevin Magnussen: 1001.00 (+100000)
  • Daniel Ricciardo: 1001.00 (+100000)
  • Kimi Raikkonen: 1501.00 (150000)
  • Romain Grosjean: 2001.00 (+200000)
  • Antonio Giovinazzi: 2001.00 (+200000)
  • Danill Kvyat: 2001.00 (+200000)
  • Pierre Gasly: 2001.00 (+200000)
  • George Russell: 2501.00 (+250000)
  • Nicholas Latifi: 2501.00 (+250000)