Manor delighted to get both cars home in China

3 Comments

Manor Marussia F1 Team reached another landmark achievement during today’s Chinese Grand Prix by getting both of its cars to the end of the race for the first time.

The ex-Marussia operation was revived over the winter by an injection of fresh investment that allowed a shell operation to remain in Formula 1 for 2015.

The team failed to get either of its cars out at the Australian Grand Prix, and was only able to run one car in Malaysia two weeks ago as Roberto Merhi finished the race in 15th place.

Merhi was joined out on track by teammate Will Stevens during Friday practice in China, marking the first time that Manor had both cars running at the same time.

After comfortably qualifying for the race on Saturday, Stevens and Merhi kept out of trouble to finish the Chinese Grand Prix in 15th and 16th place respectively, much to the delight of team principal John Booth.

“The whole team can feel really proud of what we’ve achieved in China this weekend,” Booth said. “Our target was to get both cars to the checkered flag and it’s a great feeling to have achieved that and to see the progress we’ve made in every session.

“The pace is also starting to come now – we were much better off in the race today – so there is a lot to be satisfied with and a lot to look forward to.”

Today was just Stevens’ second race in F1, having made his debut at the 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix for Caterham, and he is pleased by the progress being made at Manor.

“A great race for me and the team and one which shows how far we’ve come in a very short space of time,” Stevens said. “Obviously it feels really good for me to be racing again and to finish the race with both cars is so important for us at this stage of our development.

“We always knew that when we sorted out the challenges we’d have a reliable car. I didn’t get the best of starts but those sorts of issues are easily resolved and I’m sure we’ll see a lot more progress over the next few races.”

The team will be looking for a repeat result at next Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix as it continues to find its feet in 2015.

Max Verstappen is PointsBet favorite to score sixth staight in 2022 Singapore Grand Prix

PointsBet 2022 Singapore odds
Mark Thompson / Getty Images
0 Comments

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.

PointsBet is our Official Sports Betting Partner, and we may receive compensation if you place a bet on PointsBet for the first time after clicking our links.

Italian GP Odds
Dutch GP Odds
Belgium GP Odds
French GP Odds
Austrian GP Odds
Canadian GP Odds
Azerbaijan GP Odds
Monaco GP Odds
Spanish GP Odds
Miami GP Odds
Saudi Arabian GP odds
Australian GP odds
Romagna GP Odds