Abu Dhabi Grand Prix predictions, odds & betting tips
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix predictions, odds & betting tips

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix predictions, odds & betting tips

Date: 20/11/2022

Venue: Yas Marina Circuit

Mercedes secured their first success of the year in Brazil and now Lewis Hamilton is backed to break his duck for 2022 in our Abu Dhabi Grand Prix predictions.

The seven-time world champion had to settle for second best behind teammate George Russell in Sao Paulo, but can turn the tables here.

Hamilton has prevailed on five occasions at this track and appeals at 5/2 in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix odds.

The 37-year-old slipped back to eighth at Interlagos following a coming together with Max Verstappen, with the latter penalised by the stewards.

Some inspired driving and a late safety car gave Hamilton hope of victory, but he crossed the line 1.5 seconds behind Russell.

“I want to say a huge congratulations to George,” said Hamilton. “What an amazing job. He truly deserves it.

“I am so proud of my team. This is an incredible result. We worked so hard to get a win this season, so this is hugely, hugely deserved.”

Russell admitted Hamilton was “super-fast” in the closing stages and added: “He put me under so much pressure.”

Hamilton looks set to finish behind Russell in the standings, as that result left him 23 points adrift, but retaining his unique record of winning in every year of his career would be a nice consolation.

Punters can get 7/2 for Russell to follow up his maiden race win with a quick double, but a 104th triumph for Hamilton gets our vote.

Verstappen will have fond memories of this circuit after clinching his first world title here in controversial circumstances 12 months ago.

This time around, he travels to Yas Marina with the championship wrapped up following a record 14 victories in 2022.

He eventually finished sixth in Brazil, having tangled with Hamilton following a safety car re-start on the seventh lap as they duelled for second place.

The Red Bull ace was deemed at fault for the collision and hit with a five-second penalty but defended his actions.

Verstappen commented: “I was not upset by the penalty, but if you ask me would I do it again? Absolutely.

“I went round the outside in turn one, and I just felt it as soon as I was going next to him that he had no intention to leave me space, and I was like, ‘Okay, if you are not going to leave me space then we will just collide’.

“I thought after last year, we could forget about it and finally race. But you feel it with a driver – if he is going to leave you space or not – and there was zero intention to leave me space.”

Plenty of pundits will keep the faith with Verstappen and put him in their Abu Dhabi Grand Prix betting tips at 5/4, while teammate Sergio Perez is 8/1.

Ferrari have faded away a bit in the latter stages of the season, but third and fourth placings in Brazil wasn’t a bad return.

Charles Leclerc can be backed at 10/1 to come out on top at Yas Marina, with Carlos Sainz quoted at 14/1.

Past Abu Dhabi GP winners

2021 Verstappen (Red Bull), Hamilton (Mercedes), Sainz (Ferrari)
2020 Verstappen (Red Bull), Bottas (Mercedes), Hamilton (Mercedes)
2019 Hamilton (Mercedes), Verstappen (Red Bull), Leclerc (Ferrari)
2018 Hamilton (Mercedes), Vettel (Ferrari), Verstappen (Red Bull)
2017 Bottas (Mercedes), Hamilton (Mercedes), Vettel (Ferrari)
2016 Hamilton (Mercedes), Rosberg (Mercedes), Vettel (Ferrari)

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