Bottas unaffected by Ferrari speculation over summer break


Valtteri Bottas claims that he was not affected by the rife speculation linking him with a move to Ferrari over Formula 1’s summer break.

Bottas had been tipped to join the team for 2016 as a replacement for Kimi Raikkonen, whose future remained unclear until the week before the Belgian Grand Prix.

Ferrari confirmed on the Wednesday before the race that it had exercised its option on Raikkonen for 2016, meaning that he would partner Sebastian Vettel once again.

The announcement put all talk of Bottas moving to Ferrari to bed, leaving the Finn to concentrate on his current commitments with Williams.

Writing in his blog following the Belgian Grand Prix, Bottas talked about his summer break and how he was not bothered by the speculation as he did not keep a track of talk about his future.

“After Hungary it was nice to head into the summer break and I spent nearly three weeks back home in Finland, which was great,” Bottas said.

“There was no travelling involved, I was just there enjoying my time with my family and friends and my country’s lovely nature and then did a bit of training ten days before the start of the Belgian Grand Prix.

“Until the week before Spa there was a lot of speculation about my future, a good part of which was not true.

“It’s not fair to put those kind of rumours out there, for either Williams and myself or Kimi and Ferrari, so life became easier once we knew the speculation was over with Kimi staying where he is.

“I have to say the speculation didn’t affect me at all during the break because I wasn’t reading or listening to anything vaguely connected to F1, which was really good.

“Then I saw the news on Wednesday and that was that – end of story.”

Bottas has one year remaining on his contract with Williams, and although talk of a move to Ferrari may have died down for the time being, he will undoubtedly be one of the favorites once again to replace Raikkonen for the 2017 season.

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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