GP2: Coletti wins final race of the season in Abu Dhabi

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ABU DHABI – Stefano Coletti has won the final race of the 2014 GP2 Series season in Abu Dhabi after seeing off the challenge of Felipe Nasr and pole-sitter Arthur Pic on Sunday at Yas Marina.

With Jolyon Palmer winning the championship at the last round in Russia and DAMS securing the teams’ title on Saturday, the only honor left undecided ahead of Sunday’s race was who would finish as the runner-up in the series.

After winning yesterday’s feature race, ART’s Stoffel Vandoorne looked to secure P2 in the standings with another good result, but had to start the race from eighth place thanks to the reverse grid. His rival, Felipe Nasr, started fifth, but made a good start to dice with Pic and Coletti at the front.

Coletti managed to move into the lead of the race ahead of Nasr, whilst Palmer saw his GP2 season come to an early end after being spun out. Vandoorne managed to pick up a couple of positions, putting the pressure on Nasr, who had to record the fastest lap of the race to secure second place in the championship.

However, with Vandoorne dropping back so he could post a fast lap himself, the Brazilian was unable to push ahead and post a quicker time with Pic filling his mirrors.

At the front, Coletti eased to the race win, his second of the season and seventh in GP2, finishing ahead of Nasr and Pic. Stephane Richelmi came home in fourth for DAMS with Mitch Evans finishing fifth.

In sixth, Vandoorne had done enough to secure second place in the standings, finishing three points ahead of Nasr. Johnny Cecotto Jr. and Raffaele Marciello rounded out the points as American driver Conor Daly finished 15th in what looks set to be his last GP2 race.

Today’s race also marked the last behind the microphone for NBCSN’s Will Buxton, who has served as the series commentator for the past few years.

With the season now drawn to a close, the drivers will be looking to see if they can possibly find a seat either in F1 or another top line series. Daly is known to be chasing a seat in IndyCar next season, whilst Felipe Nasr will move up to F1 with Sauber.

This year was all about Jolyon Palmer though. With a Briton winning GP2 and GP3 in 2014, can Lewis Hamilton make it a hat-trick for the UK in F1 today?

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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