Iconic F1 designer Gerard Ducarouge dies at 73

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Gerard Ducarouge, veteran and iconic designer primarily for Ligier, Lotus and Matra, among others, has died at age 73 (shown right, in 1989, with Larrousse).

Ducarouge’s career began in missile projects before moving to Matra Sports in 1965. By 1969, the Cosworth-powered Matra MS80 won the World Championship with Jackie Stewart.

His success then continued at Le Mans in the 1970s, with the Matra MS670 prevailing in three consecutive 24-hour endurance classics from 1972 to 1974.

Once Matra ceased its motorsports operations, Ducarouge moved to Ligier, where he went onto have great success.

The JS5 – and its massive, memorable, giant airbox aboard Jacques Laffite’s chassis – won the pole for the 1976 Italian Grand Prix. A year later, the updated JS7 took Ligier’s first Grand Prix victory.

Further victories followed in 1979 with the JS11 but by 1981, Ducarouge was unceremoniously dumped by Ligier during the season.

He had a brief stint at Alfa Romeo and then moved to Lotus in 1983.

By 1985 he had Ayrton Senna in the driver lineup alongside the talented Elio de Angelis. Senna took his first Grand Prix victory at Estoril later that year, in the Lotus 97T. He stayed at Lotus for four years, and later headed to Larrousse.

A return to Ligier followed in the 1990s – Mark Blundell and Martin Brundle were among the drivers there during his second stint.

Blundell and Brundle were among those to offer their condolences, and some of the reflections on Twitter are linked below.

We join them in offering our condolences, as well.

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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