Vergne sets sights on Red Bull seat in 2014

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Jean-Eric Vergne has set his sights on partnering Sebastian Vettel at Red Bull in 2014.

Following the “Multi 21” scandal at the Malaysian Grand Prix, Mark Webber’s days with the team appear to be numbered, and it is unlikely that Red Bull will opt to renew his contract which expires at the end of the season. This has sparked much debate as to who will replace the Australian driver, and although Vergne is keen on taking the seat, the Frenchman admits he needs to improve his performances.

“I am in Toro Rosso at the moment. I deserve my place and I have to prove it to everyone by getting results,” Vergne told Totalrace.

“If my performances are good, I’ll get a spot at Red Bull.”

Toro Rosso has acted as a ‘sister team’ to Red Bull since its inception in 2006, with Sebastian Vettel spending eighteen months in Faenza. However, the triple champion is the only driver to have made the step up, whilst Scott Speed, Vitantonio Liuzzi, Sebastian Bourdais, Jaime Alguersuari and Sebastien Buemi have all been dropped by Toro Rosso.

Many expected Vergne and teammate Daniel Ricciardo to meet a similar fate after a disappointing 2012 season, but they were give a second year by the team. Vergne has admitted that he must excel not only to be in the running for the seat at Red Bull, but also in order to remain with Toro Rosso.

“Otherwise, they [Toro Rosso] will replace me and I’ll lose my place.”

Vergne opened Toro Rosso’s 2013 account last time out in Malaysia, finishing 10th to score one point. If he can build on this performance, he could yet beat the likes of Nico Hulkenberg and Antonio Felix da Costa for the second seat at Red Bull in 2014.

Max Verstappen is PointsBet favorite to score sixth staight in 2022 Singapore Grand Prix

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Max Verstappen is the PointsBet Sportsbook odds favorite to win the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix on the Marina Bay Street course to stretch his current win streak to six consecutive. He shows odds of -200 this week.

Formula 1 did not compete in Singapore in 2020 or 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Verstappen has podium finishes in his last two attempts on this track. he was second in 2018 and third in 2019. In the first 15 races of this season, he has failed to stand on the podium only twice and has an average finish of 2.73.

With minus odds, the way to determine a payout is by subtraction. In order for a bettor to earn $100, he must wager $200 this week; with that wager, he will get back his initial stake and winnings of $100.

For bettors more comfortable with fractional odds, a bet of +300 is the same as 3/1.

Charles Leclerc is ranked second this week with +400 odds. He has two previous Singapore GP starts to his credit with a best of second in 2019. He is coming off back-to-back podium finishes with a third in the Dutch GP and a second at Monza.

Ranked third is Carlos Sainz, Jr. with a line of +1100. He has top-five finishes in four of his last five starts, but only one of these, a third in the Belgian GP, was on the podium. Sainz is one of four winners other than Verstappen this season. His victory came in the British GP.

Lewis Hamilton shows a line of +1200. His last win came last fall in the Saudi Arabian GP and the Mercedes team has struggled to contend for victory in 2022. They are improving, however, with eight top-fives in the last nine races. Hamilton has two wins in his last three Singapore starts, which came in 2017 and 2018.

Rounding out the top five is Hamilton’s teammate George Russell at +1800. He has not won, but has shown remarkable consistency with top-fives in all but one race. Notably, his only bad finish came in his home GP in England. Russell has one previous start at Marina Bay; he finished last in the 2019 race. He finished fourth in 2019 as part of a four-race streak of top-fives.

The most recent Singapore GP winner from 2019, Sebastian Vettel is a longshot at +50000.

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