Rosberg edges out Hamilton for Japanese GP pole

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Nico Rosberg will start tomorrow’s Japanese Grand Prix from pole position after topping the timesheets in the final stage of qualifying at Suzuka on Saturday.

Rosberg posted a fastest lap time of 1:32.584 in Q3 to edge out teammate Lewis Hamilton by 0.076 seconds, giving the German only his second pole of the season as Mercedes bounced back from its Singapore struggles in style.

Rosberg and Hamilton had ailed to P5 and P6 at Marina Bay seven days ago, but Mercedes once again resumed its dominance at the front of the field by locking out the front row of the grid.

With his first run in Q3, Rosberg edged out Hamilton by a narrow margin, setting the stage for a close fight between the two Silver Arrows in the final runs of the session.

However, a crash for Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat resulted in a red flag with just 36 seconds remaining in the session, preventing any of the drivers from completing a second run, thus handing pole to Rosberg.

Valtteri Bottas finished as the ‘best of the rest’ for Williams, lapping four-tenths of a second further back in third place. Sebastian Vettel will start from fourth on Sunday as he bids to maintain his 100% podium record at Suzuka. The duo was followed by teammates Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen in fifth and sixth place respectively.

Daniel Ricciardo was unable to convert Red Bull’s strong practice pace into a good qualifying result as he could only finish seventh. Romain Grosjean finished eighth for Lotus ahead of Perez and Kvyat, who both failed to post a time in Q3.

Coming through the left-hand kink on the run to the turn 11 hairpin, Kvyat touched the grass at the side of the track, causing his car to lose control and spear into the wall. Despite taking a heavy impact and rolling before coming to rest the right way up, Kvyat was unharmed, albeit a little winded.

The close battle in the midfield resulted in closely-run Q2 session that saw just three-tenths of as second separated P7 to P13. Nico Hulkenberg narrowly missed out on a place in Q3 after a late flying lap from Grosjean, leaving the German 11th. He will start 14th due to a grid penalty from Singapore.

Carlos Sainz Jr. was P12 ahead of Pastor Maldonado and Fernando Alonso, who told McLaren that he “cannot do more than this” as he finished 2.1 seconds off Rosberg’s fastest Q2 time, making the team’s current struggles clear to see.

Max Verstappen was unable to take part in Q2 at Suzuka after suffering an electrical fault in the dying stages of Q1, causing his Toro Rosso to grind to a halt coming out of the hairpin at turn 11. The Dutchman had posted a lap time good enough for the top ten in Q1, but will start tomorrow’s race from P15 due to his Q2 absence.

Yellow flags in Q1 caused by Verstappen’s stoppage forced a number of drivers to back off and abandon their final flying laps. This left Jenson Button in 16th place and out of qualifying as he finished two-tenths of a second behind McLaren teammate Fernando Alonso.

Marcus Ericsson managed to dodge the yellow flags and post a personal best with his final lap after spinning earlier on, but was only P17 ahead of Sauber teammate Felipe Nasr. Manor’s Will Stevens finished 19th ahead of Alexander Rossi, who failed to post a flying lap time in qualifying due to Verstappen’s parked car.

The Japanese Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 12:30am ET on Sunday.

Max Verstappen is PointsBet favorite to score sixth staight in 2022 Singapore Grand Prix

PointsBet 2022 Singapore odds
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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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