McLaren rebuild ongoing; Honda partnership progressing well

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McLaren chief operating officer Jonathan Neale has explained how McLaren still has a long way to go before it will be back at the front of the field.

After the team’s worst campaign in thirty years last season, the British team appeared to be back on song in 2014 when it secured a double podium finish at the opening round of the season in Australia.

However, since then, the team has slipped back into its 2013 rut. Both Jenson Button and new driver Kevin Magnussen have struggled for pace, but Neale explained how the recovery process is a lengthy one.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do internally to rebuild on the difficulties we have last year,” he said. “It’s well known that we’re actively strengthening the team at the moment. Eric [Boullier] and I and Ron [Dennis] are working hard to make sure we return ourselves to the performance of where we should be as quickly as possible, but it’s a tough job.

“There’s no easy way through this. There’s a lot of culture change going on, there’s a bit of strengthening of the team, there are some tough things to do, but we’re coming back.”

McLaren is currently in the last year of its deal with Mercedes before switching to Honda engines in 2015. The deal is thought to be the final factor that will take the team back to the front of the grid, and Neale shed some light on the progress being made there.

“There’s a lot of work going on in Tochigi and Sakura at the moment with Honda on the power unit,” he said. “They are responsible for the power unit including the ERS in its entirety. We are responsible for the chassis and the systems integration piece.

“Hardware is running, the clock is running and time is short and I think there is a lot of work to do before we’re ready for January of next year.”

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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