MotorSportsTalk’s Predictions: Italian Grand Prix

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The Italian Grand Prix at Monza has traditionally marked the beginning of the end for each Formula 1 season, acting as the final European round of the year.

In the modern sport, the bulk of flyaway races mean that we still have seven more races after this weekend’s grand prix, but much is already being decided and in 2015.

The driver market is becoming increasingly clear, with the majority of drivers poised to remain with their current teams.

Williams announced on Thursday it would be retaining Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas for 2016, whilst Force India signed Nico Hulkenberg up for another two years earlier this week.

The race for the championship also appears to be becoming increasingly one-sided. Lewis Hamilton extended his lead over Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg to 28 points last time out in Belgium, storming to his sixth victory of the season.

Another win on Sunday would see Hamilton break past the 30-point barrier, and given his form in the second half of 2014, it is difficult to see where Rosberg claw his way back into the fight.

Ahead of this weekend’s race at Monza, MotorSportsTalk’s Luke Smith and Tony DiZinno have made their predictions. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Luke Smith (@LukeSmithF1)

Race WinnerLewis Hamilton. Hamilton is in a fine run of form at the moment, and I can’t see much changing at Monza this weekend. The grunt of the Mercedes engine should prevent Sebastian Vettel or Ferrari from posing a threat, leaving only Rosberg in Hamilton’s way. And it’s not like that has been much of a problem recently.

Surprising Finish: Romain Grosjean. Riding high after his third-place finish at Spa, I’m tipping RoGro to impress once again this weekend. Lotus may be facing a rough few weeks financially, but the car is sound and Grosjean is one of the most underrated drivers on the grid.

Most to ProveSebastian Vettel. A driver’s first Italian Grand Prix as a Ferrari driver is always an important occasion. Although Vettel may struggle to emulate Fernando Alonso and win first time out, he will be expected to bring home a podium at least.

Additional Storyline to WatchGrid penalty one-upping. McLaren racked up 105 places worth of grid penalties at Spa. I wonder if any of the teams can beat that this weekend.

Predict the Podium

1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes
3. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari

Tony DiZinno (@tonydizinno)

Race Winner: Lewis Hamilton. Because Mercedes, because horsepower, because Lewis was back to being authoritative again at Spa.

Surprising FinishNico Hulkenberg. We’re seeing the upgrades of the B-spec Force India and Sergio Perez took it to great heights at Spa. Nico, now armed with a new contract, is due for his first top-five finish of the F1 season. It’s a long shot, but if he has the  chance to stand on a Le Mans and Monza podium in the same season, given the crowds rushing the track afterwards, would be extraordinary.

Most to Prove: Williams. Consecutive double dip races without top-five finishes is not what this team needs. They’re not vulnerable in the constructors’ championship – yet – but can’t afford a third successive lackluster grand prix.

Additional Storyline to WatchWhat, if any, stories emerge about the race’s future. As the European finale and with some talk in the last year about Monza possibly falling off the schedule, the significance of this year’s race may become more important if a new contract is not agreed upon. Monza, more than nearly any other circuit on the calendar, represents the soul of the sport.

Predict the Podium

1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes
3. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari

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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