F1 Championship winner odds: Max heads 2023 betting
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F1 Championship winner odds: Max heads 2023 betting

Max Verstappen is 4/5 favourite to complete a hat-trick of title triumphs in bwin’s 2023 F1 Championship winner odds.

The Red Bull ace prevailed by a whopping 146 points last term, with a closing victory in Abu Dhabi being his 15th of the season and 35th of his career.

“It is incredible to win again here and 15 wins this season is unbelievable,” declared Verstappen.

“It has been really enjoyable to work with the whole team. It is going to be hard to replicate this again but it is good motivation going into next year.”

Only Lewis Hamilton (103), Michael Schumacher (91), Sebastian Vettel (53), Alain Prost (51) and Ayrton Senna (43) sit above him.

Given Verstappen only turned 25 in September and is probably yet to reach his peak at a Red Bull team built for him, it is not hyperbole to suggest all records are under threat.

The flying Dutchman has become a more measured version of the win-at-all-costs driver of 2021, aided in part by the lack of a major rival.

He was in a different postcode to Hamilton and Mercedes, while Charles Leclerc’s encouraging start to the season with Ferrari imploded through faults by man and machine.

Hamilton departed the Yas Marina Circuit following, statistically, his worst ever season but is 5/2 to bounce back and secure a landmark eighth crown.

The 37-year-old lost his unique record of winning at least one race in every year of his career, finished sixth in the championship and scored 35 fewer points than young team-mate George Russell.

However, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff played down the significance of that last stat, commenting: “That is irrelevant. They were not racing for a world championship.

“They haven’t raced for victories apart from Brazil. I don’t think for any of the team it matters whether they finish second, third, fourth or fifth.”

Wolff added of Hamilton: “He has lifted us up at times with the energy levels he has shown in the briefing room when it was difficult for him.

“For me, knowing him for 10 years from a personality side, from a human side, his attitude and mindset this year was outstanding.”

Russell keen to build on Brazil success

Russell, 24, picked up his first win in Brazil in the penultimate race of the season and is 6/1 in bwin’s 2023 F1 Championship winner odds.

“It’s all relative, but this season has still been the best season of my career,” said the Briton. “A lot of podiums and I think we’ve had a lot of very good races.”

Leclerc can be backed at 7/1 to go one better than he did in 2022, when starting out with two wins in three races.

Ferrari will have a new principal after Mattia Binotto’s resignation, which came on the back of a catalogue of tactical errors by the team.

The 53-year-old stated: “I am leaving a company that I love, which I have been part of for 28 years, with the serenity that comes from the conviction that I have made every effort to achieve the objectives set.

“I leave a united and growing team. A strong team, ready, I’m sure, to achieve the highest goals, to which I wish all the best for the future.”

Ferrari second string Carlos Sainz and Red Bull number two Sergio Perez are both priced at 25/1.

Verstappen and Perez will have a familiar face supporting them, with Daniel Ricciardo rejoining the set-up as a reserve driver.

The 33-year-old Australian said: “The ability to contribute to and be surrounded by the best team in F1 is hugely appealing, whilst also giving me some time to recharge and refocus.”

Team principal Christian Horner added: “He has enormous talent and such a brilliant character. I know the whole factory is excited to be welcoming him home.

“In his role as test and third driver, Daniel will give us the chance to diversify, assisting in the development of the car, aiding the team with his experience and knowledge of what it takes to succeed in F1.”

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