Fight to the Finnish? Bottas, Raikkonen among those scheduled for Thursday presser in Austin


In one corner, one monosyllabic Finn who won the 2007 World Championship and has been re-signed with Ferrari for another season.

In another corner, the up-and-coming Finn who is 10 years his junior, who scored his first ever World Championship points at Austin two years ago, and who was previously – incorrectly – linked to Ferrari earlier this summer.

OK, so it’s unlikely Kimi Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas will actually have a war of words during Thursday’s driver press conference at Austin ahead of the United States Grand Prix.

But if there is any aftermath of the pair’s collision in the Russian Grand Prix, when Raikkonen speared Bottas in a battle for third on the final lap, this could be the place where it happens.

Raikkonen and Bottas have each blamed the other for the contact, which ultimately cost Raikkonen fifth place and secured the Constructor’s Championship for Mercedes.

The others in the driver press conference are Lewis Hamilton, defending Austin race winner who stands on the brink of his third World Championship, Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, who came third last year, American Alexander Rossi of Manor in his home Grand Prix, and Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson, who makes his Austin debut.

Full times and participants for both the driver press conference and Friday’s team manager press conference are linked below, via Jennie Gow of BBC 5 Live.

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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