Lotus chief unconcerned by Grosjean’s Singapore rage

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Lotus deputy team principal Federico Gastaldi has no concerns about Romain Grosjean’s outburst during qualifying for last weekend’s Singapore Grand Prix, saying that emotion simply got the better of the Frenchman in the heat of the moment.

During qualifying at Marina Bay, Grosjean found himself struggling for power due to an engine glitch, leaving him at the bottom of the timesheets in Q2 and down in 16th place on the grid.

The Frenchman made no secret of his distaste, complaining over the radio how “we break our balls to make a good qualifying and you lose five-tenths every single straight line because the thing cuts”. You can read the radio transcript here.

In the race on Sunday, both Grosjean and teammate Pastor Maldonado managed to improve, flirting with the top ten before finishing in 12th and 13th position at the flag.

For Gastaldi, this outburst is nothing to be concerned about as the team looks for the positives in what has been a difficult year at Enstone.

“Well, in the heat of the moment passions can boil over,” Gastaldi said. “Sometimes they can do so when things are not going your way and this is exactly what happened. After all, sometimes people say the drivers are too boring or don’t have opinions or show their human side.

“It happens sometimes under extreme circumstances and this is what happened last Saturday. We were all tremendously disappointed but of course Romain was the one who got hit by the disappointment first and he reacted.

“Sometimes it is difficult to stop human emotion coming to the surface. It was quite ironic that radio communications was the hot topic in Singapore for the things that were not meant to be said and then they become the headlines for something else that is said under difficult circumstances!”

After a difficult run of races, Gastaldi was happy with how the team performed in Singapore, and feels that points may be possible in the Japanese Grand Prix next weekend.

“Singapore showed we could be in the hunt for points on merit,” he said. “It was satisfying to get a second consecutive double finish of course, but ultimately we want points. I am sure we will get more chances and we just need that final push to ensure we capitalize on these positive situations.

“For Suzuka we’re pushing to get back in to the top ten. For sure, the team’s efforts deserve this reward and we are doing everything we can to get back there.”

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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