Alonso admits he is unsure of his place on the 2015 F1 grid


Fernando Alonso has admitted that he does not know whether he will be racing in Formula 1 next season as he approaches the exit door at Ferrari.

Alonso was thought to hold the keys to the 2015 driver market, but he was caught by surprise when four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel confirmed last Saturday that he would be leaving Red Bull at the end of the season.

According to Vettel’s current team principal, Christian Horner, he is bound for Ferrari, seemingly as Alonso’s replacement as the Spaniard’s relationship with the Italian team has soured over the past few months.

Alonso has been linked with a move back to McLaren for some time, but following Vettel’s move and Red Bull’s decision to promote Daniil Kvyat into a seat as his replacement, he appears to have very few options if he does not return to the British team.

Speaking to NBCSN’s Will Buxton in the paddock ahead of this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix, Alonso admitted that he does not know if he will be in F1 next season, although he did insist that his future is in the sport.

“My future will be in Formula 1,” Alonso said when asked by Buxton if he would be in F1 next season. When the question was asked again, he replied: “We don’t know.”

This is an interesting admission from Alonso given his stock as one of the most talented drivers in F1. Ultimately, if he has decided that he will do anything for a seat at Mercedes, with the next opportunity coming in 2016 upon the expiration of Lewis Hamilton’s contract, a one-year deal may not be suffice for McLaren, thus forcing him into taking a sabbatical.

On a sombre weekend for Formula 1, the driver market perpetuates in its state of flux as it has done for some time now.

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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