Grosjean expects Lotus to struggle in coming years

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Romain Grosjean believes that Lotus will have to endure another couple of difficult seasons even if Renault goes ahead with its pending buy-out of the team.

Grosjean will leave Lotus after four seasons racing in Formula 1 to join Haas F1 Team, set up by NASCAR team co-owner Gene Haas, when it makes its debut in the sport next year.

Lotus is currently in the final stages of agreeing a buy-out with Renault, with the French manufacturer signing a letter of intent last month confirming its plans to takeover the British team.

However, after finally rediscovering its form in 2015 after a tough previous season, Grosjean thinks the delay in defining Lotus’ future will hurt its efforts over the next couple of years.

“It will be difficult,” Grosjean told F1.com. “Also with the delay, that the team has to take not knowing about the future.

“Look back: the 2014 season was a disaster, then we fought our way back in 2015. I believe it will be a tough season for them again in 2016 and 2017, and probably they will bounce back in 2018. And then who knows what happens?”

Grosjean admitted earlier this year that had Renault finalized its deal to take over Lotus earlier, he would most probably have stayed with the team, but is confident that the time is right to move on and join Haas.

“F1 is always something of getting the best out of the moment for your career , and now the best for me is to go to Haas and add new experience to my CV,” the Frenchman said.

“Gene Haas has been very successful with Gene Haas Automation – a big company and world leader – and they came to NASCAR and won the title two times in the last four years.

“And for F1 they have created a partnership with Ferrari – probably the most famous team in F1. With that background it was a very sexy offer to join them.”

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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