Perez: Force India set for tough weekend in Barcelona

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MONTMELO – Sergio Perez believes that Force India is set for a difficult time at this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix due to a lack of upgrades on the car and the nature of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Despite only completing two full days of pre-season running with the VJM08 car, the team has enjoyed a solid start to the 2015 season, picking up 11 points from the first four races.

Speaking to the media on Thursday, Perez expressed his delight with the opening leg of the year, but believes that the team is in for a difficult race in Spain this weekend.

“I think the first four races have been better than expected,” Perez said. “To be 10 or 12 points behind Red Bull is a massive effort for us coming out of the first four races, so I think we need to be optimistic.

“Obviously, we’ve been lacking a lot of pace, so I think the effort that has been done in the first four races has been pretty special considering what the basic pace of the car is.

“I think this one is going to be a particularly difficult one for us considering Barcelona, how hot is the track and the level of downforce is what we’re lacking the most. I expect to have a difficult one, but on the other hand, not any more difficult than other weekends.

“So yeah, optimistic, but difficult when you don’t have any upgrades. I think some of the teams are bringing some upgrades, so let’s see what we can do.”

When asked by MotorSportsTalk if the team was focusing on damage limitation until the first major updates on the car could be applied at the British Grand Prix in July, Perez said that the team was still giving its all to fight up the grid.

“We have improved our car by quite a bit since the test, so in that respect, we should be better than we were here in the test,” he said. “Although we haven’t done any upgrades to the car, we’re learning about the car, and that’s positive.

“We’ve got some small tweaks to the rear of the car, so that’s something to try as well. We obviously are pushing very hard back at the factory, trying to bring the package altogether.

“We would love to have the package for Barcelona, which didn’t happen. I think Silverstone will be the first time we have a new package.”

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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