Wolff: Focus now on two clean races for Mercedes

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Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has heaped praise on his team after ensuring that one of its drivers will win the 2014 Formula 1 drivers’ championship in Austin yesterday.

Although it has been clear for many months that the only drivers with a realistic chance of winning the title were Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo had mathematically been in contention from third in the standings.

However, following Hamilton’s win at the United States Grand Prix yesterday, Ricciardo is now unable to deny Mercedes its first drivers’ championship since 1955.

“Today, we ensured that only a Mercedes-Benz driver can win the 2014 drivers’ title, and that is an incredible achievement for the whole team, regardless of whether Lewis or Nico comes out on top in Abu Dhabi,” Wolff said after the race.

“It was a very strong race from both of them: each had the pace to win and the decisive laps came at the start of the second stint, when Nico was suffering of too much understeer on the prime tire and Lewis was able to catch and then overtake him on lap 24.”

Wolff said that the 10th one-two finish of the year paid testament to the great team effort at Brackley this year, but said that the focus must now lie on keeping the racing clean and both cars running properly.

“It was fantastic to see the tenth one-two finish for the team,” he said. “That is record-equalling and shows the amazing job everybody in this team has done this year.

“Now we need to get our heads down and work to ensure two clean races on the sporting and reliability front in Brazil and Abu Dhabi.”

With a 24-point lead, Hamilton is unable to wrap up the championship in Brazil as he could have without the controversial double points rule for the final race in Abu Dhabi. However, after five straight wins, the Briton is in the form of his life, leaving Rosberg requiring an almighty turnaround in fortunes to claim a maiden world title.

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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