GP3: Stoneman and Niederhauser close out season with wins


ABU DHABI – The 2014 GP3 Series season came to a close in Abu Dhabi this weekend with Dean Stoneman and Patric Niederhauser claiming one race win apiece on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

Stoneman had been the only driver with a chance of stopping Red Bull junior driver Alex Lynn from winning the championship, but fell out of contention when he failed to secure pole position on Friday.

However, a great start in the feature race saw Stoneman pass pole-sitter Marvin Kirchhofer and move into the lead off the line. He slowly began to eke out a lead over the German driver, but was given very little breathing space throughout the race. At the flag, Stoneman was victorious, but by just 0.8 seconds.

The battle between Stoneman and Kirchhofer was for second place in the championship, making Sunday’s race a final chance for both drivers to pick up the points needed to finish as vice-champion. Thanks to the reverse grid rule, Stoneman started from eighth place with Kirchhofer one place ahead.

Pole-sitter Nick Yelloly made a poor start to relinquish the lead at the first corner to Switzerland’s Patric Niederhauser. The Arden driver didn’t look back, storming to his third win of the season by 4.9 seconds from Yelloly and Lynn.

Kirchhofer’s hopes of finishing second in the championship looked dashed when he stalled on the grid, forcing the ART engineers to wheel him into the pit lane. However, Stoneman himself hit trouble on the first lap when contact was made at the first chicane, forcing him to retire. The resulting safety car period allowed Kirchhofer to catch the pack, and with just three points needed to move ahead of Stoneman, he had a glimmer of hope once again.

Although Kirchhofer did manage to fight his way up to P12 at the flag, it simply wasn’t enough, meaning that Stoneman finished his first full GP3 season as runner-up behind compatriot Alex Lynn.

Lynn is known to be in the running for a Formula 1 drive with Toro Rosso next season, but with Carlos Sainz Jr. and Jean-Eric Vergne also vying for the place, it could well be that a move into either GP2 or Formula Renault 3.5 is more likely.

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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