Romain Grosjean excited for the magic of Suzuka

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Romain Grosjean is relishing Formula 1’s return to the legendary Suzuka Circuit for next weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix.

2014 has not gone as the Frenchman would have liked it to, yielding just eight points thanks to the troublesome Lotus E22 car. However, he is hopeful of a better showing at Suzuka which allows the drivers to flourish and make up for car deficiencies.

“Suzuka is a track that highlights the good aspects of a chassis,” Grosjean explained. “I hope that we can be in a position where we have a realistic chance of some points positions.

“At Suzuka the driver can make a difference to some extent, especially through sector one, so I will be hugely pumped up to make sure we are in the best position possible to add to our points tally.”

Grosjean has not finished inside the top ten since the Monaco Grand Prix at the end of May, but he did come close to adding to his total last time out in Singapore before eventually crossing the line in 13th place.

Suzuka has been the site of many great races throughout the history of Formula 1, and Grosjean made no secret of his excitement for racing in Japan once again.

“It is the kind of track that you find time and improvements, however small, all of the time,” he said. “It is a very special race track in this respect. Sector one is unbelievable and after you have finished it you can breathe a little bit, but not for long.

“There is no margin for error with very little run-off area and the track is quite narrow, especially at the top of the hill. I love it. Every metre of the Suzuka track is special and every metre a challenge. The Spoon Curve is especially fantastic, a real thrill to drive in an F1 car.”

Grosjean finished third in last year’s race at Suzuka after running Red Bull drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber very close for victory. Although such lofty heights are not possible in 2014, points would still be a welcome result for the plucky Frenchman.

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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