Up-and-coming Frenchman Pierre Gasly has ‘exceptional’ first F1 test in Barcelona


Pierre Gasly’s debut in a Formula 1 car couldn’t have gone much better.

“It was awesome,” Gasly said of Tuesday’s test for Toro Rosso at Spain’s Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

The 19-year-old Gasly has made some quick moves up the racing ladder. He finished runner-up in Formula Renault 3.5 last season, followed by a short run for Caterham Racing in GP2.

Gasly remains in GP2 this season with DAMS. But judging by his showing Tuesday, F1 potentially could be on the very near horizon for the Frenchman.

“Pierre acquitted himself very well, showing that he had the right approach, building up speed gradually,” chief race engineer Phil Charles said in a team test report. “He did a professional job all day, completing a lot of laps.”

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Gasly may have only been seventh of nine drivers on the timing chart (best lap was 1:27.639, just under three seconds slower than the day’s fastest driver, Mercedes’ Nico Rossberg), but he completed the second-most laps (131, to Rossberg’s 146).

“It was a wonderful day,” Gasly said. “This morning, getting into a Formula 1 car for the first time was something special. The feeling you get from the car is unbelievable.

“Everything is almost perfect, with elements like the power steering, for example, and of course there’s much more power than in the other formulas (cars) and you have more grip, too.

“I really enjoyed the experience and I made the most of it, doing a lot of laps. All drivers dream of driving a Formula 1 car and having now done it, I am even more determined to reach my goal of racing in this category. It was awesome and I can’t wait to try it again.”

Carlos Sainz will get behind the wheel of the Toro Rosso car on Wednesday, the second and last of the two-day open test, one of only two in-season tests. The other will follow June’s Austrian Grand Prix.

Much of Tuesday’s testing was on suspension, aero and braking. Wednesday’s testing will focus on suspension geometry and additional aero tests.

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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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