Power, Pagenaud laugh off last year’s Long Beach contact in post-practice press conference


LONG BEACH, Calif. – With a 1-2 result in Friday’s second practice ahead of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, Round 3 of the Verizon IndyCar Series, Will Power and Simon Pagenaud headed into the media center to address the media.

As the conversation went on, humor followed as last year’s rivals and this year’s Team Penske teammates headed towards a discussion about last year’s contact here between the two of them at Turn 6.

It involved aero kit discussion and the removal of Chevrolet’s “rabbit ear” portion on the front wing assembly. Of the decision Power said, “It’s no big deal, so let’s not make it one.”

With Graham Rahal as the Honda-powered intermediary in the discussion, here’s a quick recap on the back-and-forth, and how drivers could make passing attempts into Turn 6.

Power: “Into (Turn) 6 is a good one… if you just nudge them a bit…”
Rahal: “Power’s good at that.”
Power: “You just put them in the tires and keep going.”
Pagenaud: “Just put your right front wheel to the left rear…”
Rahal: “Sounds like we have an inter-team rivalry here.”

Good news? The teammates are laughing it off, and it made for an entertaining press conference.

But if they qualify 1-2 on Saturday? We’ll see what happens from there.

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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