Sebastien Loeb will make rally return this January in Monte Carlo

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Nine-time World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb ended his full-time rallying career in 2012, but while he has shifted his main focus to the World Touring Car Championship, he hasn’t completely given up the WRC, either.

He made four appearances in that series in 2013 and after staying out of the entire 2014 campaign, Loeb is set to make a return again in January’s 2015 season-opener, the Monte Carlo Rally.

Loeb will be paired with long-time co-driver Daniel Elena in a Citroen DS3 WRC. He will join Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle as points-nominated crews for Citroen, which will compete under the DS banner next year.

“I think Daniel and I would agree that Monte-Carlo is one of our favorite events,” Loeb said in a release on the WRC website. “The beautiful roads, the fact of having to gamble when it comes to tire choice and the party atmosphere that you get on the stages: We can’t wait to experience it all again!

“And of course, it’s an honor to support DS in this new chapter of its history. With the DS 3 WRC – “the little racer” as I nicknamed it when it was first released – I have a lot of good memories; I hope that the 2015 Monte-Carlo will provide yet another. Obviously, it’s going to be a personal challenge for me, as I haven’t competed in a rally for over a year.”

Loeb has won the Monte Carlo Rally seven times, including his most recent trip in 2013. He’ll tune up for his WRC return in a French rally this coming weekend with his wife, Severine, calling notes for him.

In 2014, Loeb finished third in the WTCC standings in a Citroen C-Elysee with two race victories early in the year in Morocco and Slovakia.

Citroen team principal Yves Matton is obviously pleased to have Loeb and Elena’s services for Monte Carlo.

“…When I told [the teams] today that Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena would be driving a DS 3 WRC at Rallye Monte-Carlo, the news was greeted with great enthusiasm,” Matton said in his own thoughts. “With seven wins here, Seb and Daniel are undeniably the event’s greatest specialists, and I’m sure that they will be extremely competitive.”

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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