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    Formula 1 is headed to Le Castellet for this weekend’s French Grand Prix, as Ferrari look to continue their run of form at the Circuit Paul Ricard. But are they the favourites for victory? Let’s check out their chances ahead of the action, with odds provided by 188BET.

    188BET's odds are presented in decimal form: for every $1 wagered you would win the figure represented by the odds; so, if Verstappen is favourite at 1.50, you would win $1.50 for every dollar bet.

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    The odds for the win

    Championship leader and last year’s French Grand Prix winner Max Verstappen is the betting favourite for this weekend, just ahead of Charles Leclerc, who will be full of confidence after returning to winning ways in Austria last time out.

    Lewis Hamilton – who has reeled off three podium finishes in a row and has also won at Paul Ricard twice in the past – is third-favourite to win the race this Sunday. The two French drivers Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon are long shots for victories, but both have tasted victory before and will be keen to do well on home soil.

    • Max Verstappen 2.10
    • Charles Leclerc 2.50
    • Lewis Hamilton 9.00
    • Sergio Perez 15.0
    • Carlos Sainz, George Russell 19.0
    • Esteban Ocon, Fernando Alonso, Lando Norris 151
    • Daniel Ricciardo, Kevin Magnussen, Mick Schumacher, Valtteri Bottas 301
    • Pierre Gasly 601
    • Alexander Albon, Lance Stroll, Nicholas Latifi, Sebastian Vettel, Yuki Tsunoda, Zhou Guanyu 901
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    Ferrari are in good form after Charles Leclerc sealed the team's second win in a row last time out in Austria

    The odds for who will be the fastest in qualifying

    Leclerc is the slight favourite for pole as he looks to seal his seventh P1 start of the season, although Verstappen is right behind him having taken pole in two of the last three Grands Prix, including last time out in Austria. The Red Bull driver did also take pole position for the race last year, ahead of Hamilton.

    Hamilton is tied for third-favourite with Carlos Sainz, having taken pole at Paul Ricard twice before in 2018 and 2019, while Sainz is on a strong run of form having taken his maiden pole in Silverstone and coming within a tenth of Verstappen in Austria. Here are the odds for qualifying…

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    • Charles Leclerc 2.10
    • Max Verstappen 2.20
    • Carlos Sainz, Lewis Hamilton 11.0
    • Sergio Perez 15.0
    • George Russell 23.0
    • Fernando Alonso, Lando Norris 151
    • Esteban Ocon 301
    • Daniel Ricciardo, Valtteri Bottas 601
    • Alexander Albon, Kevin Magnussen, Lance Stroll, Mick Schumacher, Nicholas Latifi, Pierre Gasly, Sebastian Vettel, Yuki Tsunoda, Zhou Guanyu 901
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    Lewis Hamilton has taken two pole positions at Paul Ricard

    The odds for a podium finish

    Verstappen and Leclerc again lead the way as the two favourites to finish on the podium. Leclerc has finished in the top three at the French Grand Prix once before in 2019, while Verstappen was on the top step last year. Hamilton is again the third favourite having never finished below second at Paul Ricard.

    Sergio Perez has finished on the podium five times this season and is tied with Hamilton in the odds, ahead of Sainz and George Russell. Fernando Alonso and Lando Norris may be ones to watch this weekend, with Alonso long overdue a top-three result this season.

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    • Max Verstappen 1.35
    • Charles Leclerc 1.40
    • Lewis Hamilton, Sergio Perez 2.20
    • Carlos Sainz 2.40
    • George Russell 2.65
    • Fernando Alonso, Lando Norris 16.0
    • Esteban Ocon 21.0
    • Daniel Ricciardo 26.0
    • Valtteri Bottas 34.0
    • Kevin Magnussen, Mick Schumacher 41.0
    • Pierre Gasly 67.0
    • Lance Stroll, Sebastian Vettel, Yuki Tsunoda 151
    • Zhou Guanyu 201
    • Alexander Albon 601
    • Nicholas Latifi 901
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    Ocon and Alonso stand an outside chance of a podium this weekend – at Ocon and Alpine's home race

    The odds for the fastest lap

    With both championship battles looking like they could be close come the end of the season, both Red Bull and Ferrari will want to take the valuable point for fastest lap, with Verstappen the slight favourite, ahead of Leclerc and Perez, to grab the bonus point.

    We have seen drivers in the midfield take the fastest lap point if they have space to make an extra stop late in the race – Lando Norris having done so in Monaco. Backmarkers could present a problem to anyone going for the bonus point this weekend, however. What do the odds say?

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    • Max Verstappen 1.85
    • Charles Leclerc 3.50
    • Sergio Perez 7.50
    • Carlos Sainz, Lewis Hamilton 11.0
    • George Russell 15.0
    • Fernando Alonso, Lando Norris 67.0
    • Daniel Ricciardo, Esteban Ocon, Lance Stroll, Pierre Gasly, Sebastian Vettel, Valtteri Bottas 151
    • Alexander Albon, Kevin Magnussen, Mick Schumacher, Nicholas Latifi, Yuki Tsunoda, Zhou Guanyu 251
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    How will McLaren get on in the midfield?

    What are the odds for which team will take the most points?

    Red Bull are slightly ahead of Ferrari as the favourites to take the most points in France, but they have not achieved a one-two since the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, four races ago.

    The odds also have Alpine as comfortably the fourth best team, and with Esteban Ocon in good form heading into his home race and Alonso driving well, they could be a contender this weekend.

    • Red Bull 1.85
    • Ferrari 2.25
    • Mercedes 5.50
    • Alpine 101
    • McLaren 126
    • Haas 201
    • Alfa Romeo, AlphaTauri 301
    • Aston Martin 601
    • Williams 901

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    Odds for the Safety Car

    The Safety Car did make an appearance on the first lap at Paul Ricard back in 2018, but has not been called upon since. So, what do the odds say about the chances of seeing it leading the field this weekend?

    • Yes 1.40
    • No 2.75

    Odds supplied by 188BET – odds are in USD$ and timestamped July 20 2022, 11:47 GMT.