Pirelli to test 2016 F1 compounds, new ultra-soft tire in Abu Dhabi

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Pirelli has confirmed that its 2016 tires and the new ultra-soft compound will make their on-track debut on December 1 at the Yas Marina Circuit following the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

In previous years, Pirelli has traditionally made use of the end-of-season test in Abu Dhabi to trial its Formula 1 tire compound designs for the forthcoming year with the teams.

After striking an agreement with the FIA World Council, Pirelli has confirmed that a one-day test will take place in Abu Dhabi at the beginning of next month in a bid to aid the development of the new tire construction for 2016.

Running will focus on slick tire development over a 12-hour period. All ten teams have been requested to field one car using a race or reserve driver, but participation is voluntary. Pirelli will dictate the test programme for each team.

Pirelli also confirmed that this test will see the on-track debut of its new compound, the ultra-soft, which is due to become the fifth choice for 2016 as part of a shake-up of tire rules.

With five compounds on offer – ultra-soft, super-soft, soft, medium, hard – Pirelli will allocate three for each grand prix weekend. Teams will then pick two compounds to use over the weekend, giving them more responsibility for tire calls and creating more variety in race strategy.

The ultra-soft tire will feature purple markings after winning an online survey conducted by Pirelli, gaining 70% of votes.

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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