Verstappen pleased with testing pace, new upgrades

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Max Verstappen enjoyed yet another successful day behind the wheel of the Toro Rosso STR10 as his Formula 1 debut draws near.

The 17-year-old will become the youngest driver in the history of F1 to start a grand prix in Australia on March 15, making any extra mileage and experience that he can pick up in pre-season valuable.

Although he only finished seventh in the final standings with a fastest lap of 1:26.766, Verstappen was pleased with what he accomplished on Friday as the new upgrades on the car worked well.

“Another good day as we did a lot of laps,” Verstappen said. “From my perspective, the most important part was this afternoon’s race distance, when the pace looked very promising.

“It was my first time driving the car with the latest updates and they seemed to be working very well and I felt very comfortable with it.

“On Sunday, I get my last chance to drive before Melbourne, so it will be important to get in as many miles as possible, try to improve the car and increase our understanding of the overall package.”

Verstappen managed to complete 139 laps on Friday, but had his running cut short by an electrical problem on the car.

“We can be pleased with what we achieved today, even if we had to stop running with around an hour to go due to an electrical problem,” chief race engineer Phil Charles explained.

“In the morning, we continued the programme we began yesterday, acquiring useful data relating to the new aero package, with plenty of in and out laps. Towards the end of the morning, we did some decent running, looking at chassis work.

“Then, after the lunch break, Max set off to do a race distance, until towards the end of the run, the car stopped. Nevertheless, another day with plenty of laps to learn from.”

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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