Hamilton fully committed to Mercedes as he nears new contract

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Lewis Hamilton has underlined his commitment to Mercedes in Formula 1 as he closes in on a new contract with the German team.

The world championship leader has enjoyed the most successful season of his career to date, winning eight races to give him a 10-point advantage over teammate Nico Rosberg at the top of the drivers’ standings.

However, with evident cracks appearing in the intra-team relationship between the two drivers, there have been suggestions that Hamilton could be forced out of the team, with Rosberg signing a new long-term deal earlier this year.

Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso is rumored to be monitoring the situation at Mercedes on the chance that he could slot in as Hamilton’s replacement for the 2016 season – when the Briton’s deal expires – but Lewis has said that reports linking him with a move away are wide of the mark.

“I think it’s an interesting time in Formula 1, drivers making changes,” Hamilton said in Sochi on Thursday. “There’s a lot of fiction, a lot of silly stories going around; whoever is starting those silly stories… I’ve always been very clear that I’m here to do a job, I’m contracted to the end of next year.

“We’ve confirmed that we’re going to sit down and talk about the future at the end of the year.”

Mercedes non-executive director Niki Lauda has already rejected the notion of Alonso joining the team, and Hamilton himself is paying little attention to the paddock speculation.

“There are only two things really on my mind,” he said. “I’m fully focused on the championship. It’s been a real surprise really, I’m very happy about it – just thinking about the racing. I’m not actually sitting here thinking ‘okay, I’ve had three wins’, I’ve not actually thought about that but I think if I do reflect on it it’s been incredible.

“I remember some years, you get one win and then don’t get another for ages. It’s very surreal this year, a period of time where you get two wins in a row, or three, or four. It’s like no other year I’ve ever experience in my racing career – it’s been great.

“And then the rest of my mind is thinking about Jules [Bianchi] and his family.”

Hamilton is bidding for his fourth straight win in Russia this weekend, which could take him 17 points clear of Rosberg at the top of the drivers’ championship.

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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