Rosberg quickest in first practice for Brazilian GP


Nico Rosberg has made the best possible start to his Brazilian Grand Prix race weekend by finishing fastest in the first free practice session at Interlagos on Friday morning.

The German currently trails Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton by 24 points at the top of the drivers’ championship, but managed to edge out the Briton in FP1 today by two-tenths of a second.

However, the real stand-out performance came from 17-year-old Max Verstappen, who finished the session in sixth place during his practice run-out for Toro Rosso today.

As part of the redevelopment work completed at Interlagos over the past few months, new tarmac has been laid meaning that grip levels were very low. As a result, the track continued to improve and come towards the drivers as more laps were completed, resulting in Rosberg and Hamilton exchanging blows at the top of the timesheets.

Ultimately, it was Rosberg who won out, posting a fastest lap time of 1:12.764 to edge out Hamilton and finish almost one second clear of the non-Mercedes drivers.

The slippery conditions caught out a number of drivers on Friday morning, including Verstappen who went off the track on more than one occasion. The biggest loser was Dani Juncadella, Force India’s reserve driver, who crashed into the wall at turn eight with 30 minutes remaining, bringing out the red flag.

Daniil Kvyat also had a few off-track excursions during the session, but managed to hook up a quick lap in the end to finish the session in an excellent third place ahead of Fernando Alonso. In the sister Toro Rosso, Verstappen finished the session in sixth behind Williams’ Felipe Massa.

Jenson Button’s session lasted barely one lap as his car ground to a halt on the entry to the pit lane, while Esteban Gutierrez also failed to post a lap time due to a problem on his Sauber.

Having topped FP1 though, Rosberg will be hoping to continue this form throughout the rest of the weekend, starting in FP2 on Friday afternoon in Brazil. You can watch the second session live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 11a ET.

Max Verstappen is PointsBet favorite to score sixth staight in 2022 Singapore Grand Prix

PointsBet 2022 Singapore odds
Mark Thompson / Getty Images

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.

PointsBet is our Official Sports Betting Partner, and we may receive compensation if you place a bet on PointsBet for the first time after clicking our links.

Italian GP Odds
Dutch GP Odds
Belgium GP Odds
French GP Odds
Austrian GP Odds
Canadian GP Odds
Azerbaijan GP Odds
Monaco GP Odds
Spanish GP Odds
Miami GP Odds
Saudi Arabian GP odds
Australian GP odds
Romagna GP Odds