Booth: Bianchi’s two points in Monaco saved Manor


The founder of the revived Manor Marussia F1 Team has revealed that the company would not have been able to get back on its feet and return to Formula 1 in 2015 without Jules Bianchi’s ninth-place finish at last year’s Monaco Grand Prix.

Bianchi produced one of the stand-out performances of the 2014 season at Monaco, finishing ninth and scoring what proved to be the only two points that Marussia F1 Team would ever accrue.

However, the Frenchman’s season was tragically cut short when he suffered severe head injuries in an accident at the Japanese Grand Prix in September. Although he has since returned to his native France, he remains unconscious, with the latest update from the Bianchi family coming in December.

The two points in Monaco were enough to secure Marussia ninth place in the constructors’ championship despite the team missing the final three races of the season after falling into administration.

Speaking to French publication Auto Hebdo, team founder John Booth revealed that it was this result that convinced the new investors to help save Marussia and establish Manor.

“Without him, without the two points he scored in Monaco last year, we would not be here,” Booth explained. “In the end, that is what convinced the new investors of the potential of the team.

“Being here is our way of saying to Jules that the race is not over until the checkered flag has fallen. We emerged from the worst ordeal Manor has ever known, and I have no doubt that Jules will succeed too.

“What we were able to rebuild during the winter shows that faith can move mountains. There is always hope as long as we believe in it.”

Manor failed to qualify for last weekend’s Australian Grand Prix as it continued to make up for the time lost over the winter in preparing its new cars and team. However, thanks to Bianchi’s efforts, the team has fought back and lived on, making his herculean achievement all the more impressive and poignant.

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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