Dennis: McLaren set for livery change during 2015


McLaren CEO Ron Dennis has confirmed that the team will be making a change to its livery at some point across the course of the 2015 F1 season, but he refused to confirm whether it would be before the first race of the year in Australia.

Earlier this week, the British team unveiled its new-look car for 2015, the MP4-30, featuring a chrome, black and red livery. It is the first McLaren to be powered by Honda since 1992.

However, it was noticeably bare of sponsors once again, with the team not signing a new title sponsorship deal since the end of its deal with Vodafone in December 2013.

Speaking to the media in Jerez on the first day of pre-season testing, Dennis confirmed that there would be a change in the car’s livery at some point in 2015.

“Our 2015 livery will change, but I’m not going to say when,” he said.

McLaren famously ran in red and white colors when it last teamed up with Honda in the late 1980s and early 1990s, but this was due to sponsorship from tobacco brand Marlboro. Nevertheless, a possible throwback to such a livery could be possible if the same colors are used in a different design.

Whether the change in color will be made due to the signing of a new title sponsor or simply out of choice remains to be seen. However, Dennis did allude in the same media session that due to F1’s spiralling costs, having a big name brand as a lead sponsor is an outdated concept, suggesting that this will not be the motivation for any change.

McLaren’s first day of testing was a quiet one, with Fernando Alonso completing just six laps for the team in the new MP4-30.

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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