Practice setbacks leave Hamilton “quite a bit off” in Malaysia (VIDEO)


Lewis Hamilton may have rallied to finish as the quickest driver in the second free practice session for the Malaysian Grand Prix, but the Briton feels far from comfortable after suffering a number of setbacks on Friday.

Hamilton was forced to stop his car out on track after just four laps in FP1 thanks to a failure on his power unit.

The Mercedes team managed to resolve the problem in time to get the defending world champion out on track during the second practice session, in which he finished as the fastest driver.

Nevertheless, Hamilton remains uneasy about his chances this weekend after completing just 20 laps in total on Friday.

“It was an amazing job by my guys to rebuild the car and get the engine, gearbox and everything back on and get me back out,” Hamilton said. “I’m very grateful for that, particularly here where, because it’s so hot and so difficult for the tires, it was really important to get back out and do some laps.

“It affects you quite a bit,” he added when asked about his setbacks. “In terms of set-up, I’ve not made any changes. I’m just using what I have. It’s quite a bit off of where I need it.

“My lap wasn’t spectacular. I think I’ve got some improvements I can make with the balance and other settings because they are all from the last race. I’m sure we’ll tweak it and improve it.”

Hamilton is also wary of the pace being shown by Ferrari in Malaysia. Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel both impressed on Friday, displaying a race pace that appears to place the team closer to Mercedes than it was in Australia.

“The Ferraris look great,” Hamilton said. “They really do. It’s surprising to see how good their times are.

“We’ll see where they can finish on the weekend.”

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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