Charles Leclerc favored in PointsBet odds for 2022 Saudi Arabian GP

PointsBet 2022 Saudi Arabian
Lars Baron / Getty Images

On the heels of his win in the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix win, Charles Leclerc is this week’s odds favorite at PointsBet Sportsbook to take the 2022 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, which is the second running of this race.

On Thursday, Leclerc showed odds of +140 for the Grand Prix and had a line of +130 to win Saturday’s pole. Leclerc won both the pole and race in Bahrain as Ferrari surged to a 1-2 finish. Leclerc was listed at +260 for that race.

One way to view American Odds is to move the decimal point two positions to the left. That will let a bettor know what they will make on a $1 bet, so the return on investment this week for Leclerc is $1.40 for the race and $1.30 if he wins the pole. For bettors more comfortable with fractional odds, a bet of +300 is the same as 3/1.

Leclerc’s race line is only marginally better than the 2021 Formula 1 champion Max Verstappen, who was posted Thursday at +150. Fuel pump issues for both Red Bull Racing cars forced their retirement in the closing laps in Bahrain, but Verstappen was second in last year’s edition of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix after leading the most laps of 31.

Leclerc’s Ferrari teammate, Carlos Sainz, Jr. is the third ranked driver this week with a line of +450. No one else is under 10/1. Sainz finished second last week and had four podiums in 2021, but he is still seeking his first career F1 win.

Last year, Lewis Hamilton was heavily favored to win the inaugural race on the Jeddah Circuit with a line of -200, which meant the only way to make a successful bet was to find someone willing to take the opposite side. The traders were proved correct as Hamilton earned the victory over Verstappen. Hamilton finished third last week in Bahrain, but he has complained this season that the Mercedes lacks pace. The sportsbook traders seem to be listening.

Rounding out the top five at PointsBet for the 2022 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix is Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Perez with a line of +1800. Perez retired early from last year’s edition of this race when he was involved in a Lap 14 accident with George Russell and Nikita Mazepin.

One of the more interesting dark horses this week is Kevin Magnussen, who earned the first top-five for Haas F1 since he gave them two such finishes in 2016. Last year, the best finish for this car was 14th in the Grand Prix of Monaco with Mazepin behind the wheel and it is taking a while for the traders to catch up to his potential. Magnussen was posted at +10000 (100/1) on Thursday.

PointsBet is our Official Sports Betting Partner, and we may receive compensation if you place a bet on PointsBet for the first time after clicking our links.

For more betting coverage, check out NBC Sports Edge.

IndyCar releases schedule for 2023 season

IndyCar schedule 2023
Douglas Stringer/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The NTT IndyCar Series’ 2023 schedule will feature the same number of races and tracks as this season with some minor reshuffling of dates.

IndyCar will open the 2023 season March 5 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, and will conclude Sept. 10 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. The 107th Indy 500 will take place May 28 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The 17-race schedule will conclude with a stretch of eight races in the final nine weeks.

“The NTT IndyCar Series is on an impactful upward trajectory, making progress at a pace that befits our thrilling style of competition,” Penske Entertainment Corp. president and CEO Mark Miles said in a release. “The 2023 season provides an opportunity to further build on this trend, bringing our sport and its stars to more markets and households and reaching new consumers across the globe.”

There will be 15 events on NBC: 13 races (including six of the final seven) plus Indy 500 qualifying May 20-21. There also are three races on USA Network and the Toronto race exclusively on Peacock. All races on NBC and USA also will have live simulstreams on Peacock.

In partnership with NBC Sports, the 2022 IndyCar season was the most-watched in six years and the most-watched across NBC Sports on record. The 2022 season also was the most streamed season on record.

“We’re very excited for our 2023 NTT IndyCar Series schedule and to build on this past season’s viewership milestones,” NBC Sports vice president of programming Mike Perman said in a release. “In providing comprehensive coverage across NBC, Peacock and USA Network, NBC Sports is once again looking forward to telling the stories of these world-class drivers and this compelling series.”

Notable elements on the 2023 schedule:

–There will be the same balance of seven road course races, five street courses and five ovals.

–St. Pete will be the season opener for the 13th time.

–The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix will move from Belle Isle to the streets of downtown.

–The NASCAR doubleheader weekend at the IMS road course will shift to mid-August.

–The World Wide Technology Raceway event will move from Saturday to Sunday.

Start times for the 2023 events will be announced at a later date.

Here’s the 2023 IndyCar schedule:

Date Race/Track Network/Platform
Sun., March 5 Streets of St. Petersburg NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 2 Texas Motor Speedway NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 16 Streets of Long Beach NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 30 Barber Motorsports Park NBC, Peacock
Sat., May 13 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) NBC, Peacock
Sun., May 28 The 107th Indianapolis 500 NBC, Peacock
Sun., June 4 Streets of Detroit NBC, Peacock
Sun., June 18 Road America USA Network, Peacock
Sun., July 2 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course USA Network, Peacock
Sun., July 16 Streets of Toronto Peacock
Sat., July 22 Iowa Speedway – Race 1 NBC, Peacock
Sun., July 23 Iowa Speedway – Race 2 NBC, Peacock
Sun., Aug. 6 Streets of Nashville NBC, Peacock
Sat., Aug. 12 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) USA Network, Peacock
Sun., Aug. 27 World Wide Technology Raceway NBC, Peacock
Sun., Sept. 3 Portland International Raceway NBC, Peacock
Sun., Sept. 10 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca NBC, Peacock

*dates and networks/platforms are subject to change