Formula E: Long Beach win a poignant one for Piquet

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Following his victory in the Formula E Long Beach ePrix on Saturday, Nelson Piquet Jr. made no secret of his delight as he followed in his father’s footsteps by winning at the prestigious street circuit in California.

Nelson Piquet Sr. claimed his first race win in Formula 1 at the 1980 United States Grand Prix West, which was held at Long Beach 35 years ago this week.

For the Formula E round on Saturday, Piquet Jr. changed his helmet design to match the one used by his father at the race in 1980, and it proved to be something of a good luck charm as the Brazilian stormed to his first win in the series.

After qualifying fourth, Piquet made a superb start to take the lead of the race at the first corner, and never looked back, eventually crossing the line with an advantage of 1.7 seconds over Jean-Eric Vergne.

“The start was one of those times where everything goes right, the car didn’t wheelspin much and it seemed like both cars in front didn’t have a very good reaction,” Piquet explained.

“So I got almost alongside Daniel [Abt] and broke as late as I could into the first corner. I was really confident on the brakes here and I found a way to control them which can be a big issue with these cars.

“As soon as I got the lead it was just a matter of managing from the front and keeping calm without making mistakes. The last race in Miami we lost a great result from a mistake in the pitstop so I think it was crucial to hold on to the lead here.

“I just made sure I managed the gap to Jean-Eric behind me and just brought it home. This one meant a lot to me!”

Not only was Piquet’s win a landmark victory for his family, but it also brought the Brazilian into the thick of the fight for the inaugural Formula E championship. He now sits second in the drivers’ standings, just one point behind Lucas di Grassi at the top of the table.

The next Formula E race takes place in Monaco on May 9.

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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