Ericsson and Nasr keen to bounce back for Sauber in China

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Sauber drivers Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr are looking to bounce back from a disappointing outing in Malaysia at next weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix by returning to the top ten.

Following a miserable 2014 campaign that went down as the worst in Sauber’s history, the team made an impressive start to the new season as both of its drivers scored points at the Australian Grand Prix.

However, Ericsson and Nasr came back down to earth with a bump in Malaysia as neither finished inside the top ten due to incidents during the race.

Ericsson had recorded his best qualifying in F1 to date, lining up ninth on the grid, but brought his race to an early end by spinning into the gravel when fighting for seventh place.

The Swede believes that the similarities between the tracks in Malaysia and China should aid Sauber as he bids to return to the points.

“The track in Shanghai is a circuit I know from last year, but it is not an easy one with a mixture of high-speed and low-speed corners,” Ericsson said. “Before some corners hard braking is required, so braking stability for the car is important. I believe the set-up of the car will be similar to the one we had in Malaysia, as the layout of the track has some related characteristics.

“The weather conditions will be different, as it is not as hot as in Sepang, which will also have an influence on the tire management.

“I have a good feeling traveling to China, because we have a competitive car. We are looking forward to getting to Shanghai to continue improving as well as scoring points again.”

Nasr also endured a difficult race in Malaysia, with an incident at the first corner dropping him back through the field. He eventually finished the race in 12th place.

Nevertheless, the Brazilian is looking forward to racing on a track that he has only practiced on before with Williams.

“Last year during the Chinese Grand Prix I had my first FP1 session with Williams,” Nasr said. “I have never raced on this circuit, but it is good that I have already got to know it.

“I believe this could be positive for us as we have a strong top speed. As the track has some low-speed corners, traction can be important as well. I am looking forward to a positive race weekend and to scoring points again.”

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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