F1’s fears are allayed as double points has no say in title fight


ABU DHABI – The biggest fears of the F1 community were allayed in Abu Dhabi yesterday as the controversial double points rule for the final race of the year eventually had no say in the destination of the drivers’ championship.

Lewis Hamilton clinched his second world title in Abu Dhabi today by claiming a crushing win at the Yas Marina Circuit. His cause was aided by the demise of Nico Rosberg, who suffered an ERS failure that left him limping across the line in 14th place at the end of the race.

With 50 points on offer for the race winner, there was a very real possibility of Rosberg winning the championship by virtue of the double points rule, which is expected to be canned for the 2015 season.

However, thanks to his non-score, it had no say in the title fight. Instead, Hamilton’s eventual winning margin of 67 points is perhaps exaggerated, standing at 42 points under the normal conditions.

Double points did allow Williams to extend its lead over Ferrari for third place in the constructors’ championship, eventually finishing 104 points clear thanks to Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas’ podium finishes in Abu Dhabi.

Force India picked up its biggest points haul of the season because of double points, with Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez finishing sixth and seventh. However, it was not enough to lift the team back above McLaren in the constructors’ championship, finishing 16 points shy of the British team in the final standings.

In fact, the only drivers to benefit from double points were Felipe Massa and Sergio Perez. Finishing second, Massa picked up 36 points, allowing him to finish ahead of Jenson Button in the drivers’ championship in seventh place. Perez’s haul of 12 points was enough to lift him above both Kevin Magnussen and Kimi Raikkonen to finish the year in tenth place.

F1 may have got away with it when it comes to double points, but let’s avoid the risk next year: it’s a gimmick that, as proven by this year’s fantastic title race, simply is not needed.

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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