GP2: Vandoorne storms to home pole position at Spa


Stoffel Vandoorne continued his relentless streak at the head of the GP2 Series field by securing pole position for his home race in Belgium this weekend.

Vandoorne entered the weekend leading the series by 85 points after a remarkable run of form in the opening six rounds, scoring four wins and five further podium finishes.

A Belgian driver has never won a GP2 race at their home event at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, but Vandoorne has given himself a golden opportunity to do exactly that by scoring pole on Friday.

The ART Grand Prix driver dominated proceedings throughout the session, with his best lap of 1:56.278 being enough to give him a fourth pole position of the year.

“I was on pole here last year so to be on pole here again this year is a pretty good feeling,” Vandoorne said.

“It’s a special race for me in front of my home fans. Last year I came pretty close to victory. I finished P2 so tomorrow we will have to do a little bit better than last year.”

Vandoorne will be joined on the front row of the grid by Oliver Rowland, who will take part in just his third GP2 race this weekend with MP Motorsport. The Briton fell 0.147 seconds short of Vandoorne at the front, and felt that he could have taken a shock pole.

“I missed a tenth I think and I made a couple of mistakes,” Rowland said. “I’m not a hundred per cent sure what ART did but they did only one lap on the second run and I said to my team that there was no point to do two.

“I thought maybe we should save the fuel and just do one push lap. But they preferred to stick with the plan. I made a slight mistake in the first sector. So that together, means P2 today.”

Silverstone winner Sergey Sirotkin ran well to finish third ahead of Racing Engineering’s Jordan King and ART’s Nobuharu Matsushita, whilst Mitch Evans and Pierre Gasly qualified sixth and seventh.

American driver Alexander Rossi struggled to put up much of a fight at the front of the field, qualifying eighth. Alex Lynn and Norman Nato rounded out the top ten.

To see the full classification from qualifying at Spa, click here.

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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