Force India in talks over Aston Martin rebrand for 2016

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Force India owner Vijay Mallya has confirmed that he is in talks over a possible rebrand of the team for the 2016 Formula 1 season following reports of a link-up with British marque Aston Martin.

On Friday, Autosport published a report claiming that Aston Martin was close to striking a deal with Force India that would see its name return to F1 for the first time since 1960.

The report said that the team would change name and livery for 2016, tying in a sponsorship agreement with whisky brand Johnnie Walker. It would continue to be powered by Mercedes, with the German manufacturer owning a 5% stake in Aston Martin.

In Friday’s FIA press conference, Mallya confirmed that Force India was in talks over a rebrand for 2016, but that there were many options and nothing had been finalized.

“We are in discussion,” Mallya confirmed. “Nothing has been finalized, we have many options and I’ll be able to confirm or otherwise once I have something to say.

“As I’ve said, and as was faithfully reported by Autosport, I don’t like to count my chickens before they hatch.”

This weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix is an important one for Force India given the popularity of home driver Sergio Perez and the team’s ties with a number of Mexican sponsors.

“We are absolutely enjoying being here in Mexico,” Mallya said. “As you may know we launched the car in Mexico in January this year.

“Checo has a huge following, we have many large Mexican sponsors and I personally love Mexico because there are many similarities with India, so this is like a home race for us as well.”

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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