In 2022 there was another instance of the Drake Curse, and again it cost Drake money. A lot of money. This time the victim came from the world of Formula 1. Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc had stuck his car in pole position, giving himself a great chance to take a win and extend his championship lead over the 2021 defending champion, Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing, by Sports News.
Leclerc took a substantial lead, and it looked like the Monegasque driver was on course for an easy flag-light victory for Ferrari. However, according to Sporting News, it all came crashing down on lap 28 when the Ferrari power unit in the rear of his car failed. It was a shock retirement that cost Leclerc the lead in the championship standings, especially when the Ferrari power unit was known for its reliability, for Sports car. However, it quickly became apparent that other forces may be at work.
According Daily mail, ahead of the race, Drake posted a photo of his betting slip on his Instagram story with the caption, “First F1 bet let’s see how it goes.” The bet was CAD$300,000 ($230,000 USD) to win CAD$750,000 ($590,000 USD) that Leclerc would win the Spanish Grand Prix. Fans were quick to notice that it looked like Drake’s curse was still very much alive.