2014 Singapore Grand Prix Preview

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Over the summer, Formula 1 has visited some of its most historical and famous venues, with Silverstone, Hockenheim, the Hungaroring, Spa-Francorchamps, and Monza all playing host to some fantastic racing.

However, the sport lives up to its billing as one of the most exotic and exuberant around this weekend as it ventures to Asia for the Singapore Grand Prix.

The tiny nation to the south of Malaysia becomes dominated by F1 for the race weekend as a temporary street circuit around Marina Bay is constructed for the event. Starting at 8pm local time, the race was the first in F1’s history to be held at night, with Bahrain becoming the second earlier this year. However, it doesn’t quite boast the sparkle that Singapore does.

As with any street circuit, mistakes are all the more costly due to the close proximity of the walls. However, Singapore doesn’t do things by halves: not only is the race held at the hottest time of the year, but it is also one of the longest, just scraping in under the two hour time limit. Therefore, fuel consumption is a serious concern for the drivers, not to mention their own concentration throughout the 61 laps.

For this weekend’s race, an extra challenge has been given to the drivers following the FIA’s technical directive on radio communications. Drivers are now to be left largely in the dark about their settings, fuel usage and areas for improvement, which should allow the best to rise to the top without relying on their pit wall. Some concerns have been raised, and it is a step into the unknown, meaning controversy is possible (and in the eyes of many, inevitable).

2014 Singapore Grand Prix – Talking Points

Radio Ga Ga?

As mentioned, the ban on radio communications that could enhance a driver’s performance (or, to be more technical, breaches the regulation saying that drivers must race alone and unaided) could be a major sticking point this weekend. The engineers on the pit wall will have a list of dos and don’ts that they must adhere to, but how policeable really is it? Singapore will be the litmus test for the sport.

Lewis wants to shine the brightest

Following his victory at the Italian Grand Prix, the momentum firmly lies with Lewis Hamilton in the battle for the drivers’ championship. Teammate and rival Nico Rosberg may hold the mathematical lead, but he has been rattled. In fact, he bemoaned the fact that Lewis was “so damn lucky” in the cool-down room following the last race, suggesting that, for all the smiles and niceties, these two remain embroiled in a very bitter battle for the championship – just how we like it!

Can Seb really make it four in a row?

Yes. Sebastian Vettel really could win his fourth straight Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday. His chances are slim, admittedly, but this circuit should suit Red Bull far better than Monza did. If the team is going to beat Mercedes anywhere, it is here – although it may require a race of attrition for it happen. The smiley-faced Aussie assassin Daniel Ricciardo could yet hijack his illustrious teammate’s aspirations of a maiden win in 2014, though.

Williams vs Ferrari rages on

The Italian Grand Prix was a bit of a disaster for Ferrari. Not only did it limp home in front of its faithful fans with just two points, but Williams also surpassed it in the constructors’ championship, rising into third place. Since then, Luca di Montezemolo has confirmed that he will step down as president, and Sergio Marchionne of Fiat is now the top dog at Maranello. Amid this flux, can Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen rally in Singapore to salvage some much-needed points? Williams may struggle here, but quite whether Ferrari can make up the 15-point deficit remains to be seen. It is a big weekend for both teams.

College life

Remember those days in college when you would stumble into bed at 6am and wake up in the middle of the afternoon? That is set to be the norm for the members of F1’s travelling circus over the next few days. As this is a night race, you must stick to European times to keep yourself in sync and, quite simply, awake. It only adds to the challenge of this quite enchanting race weekend.

Singapore – Facts and Figures

Track: Marina Bay Street Circuit
Laps: 61
Corners: 23
Lap Record: Sebastian Vettel 1:48.574 (2013)
Tire Compounds: Super-Soft (Option); Soft (Prime)
2013 Winner: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)
2013 Pole Position: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) 1:42.841
2013 Fastest Lap: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) 1:48.574
DRS Zones: Main Straight (T23 to T1); T5 to T7

Singapore GP TV Times 

Free Practice 1 – 19/9 6am ET Live Extra
Free Practice 2 – 19/9 9:30am ET NBCSN
Free Practice 3 – 20/9 5am ET Live Extra
Qualifying – 20/9 9am ET CNBC
Race – 21/9 7.30am ET NBCSN

For more details of NBC Sports’ broadcasting of the Singapore Grand Prix, click here.

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

PointsBet 2022 Singapore odds
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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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