F1 2015 Driver Review: Marcus Ericsson

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Marcus Ericsson

Team: Sauber F1 Team
Car No.: 9
Races: 19
Podiums: 0
Best Finish: 8th (Australia)
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 9
Laps Led: 0
Championship Position: 18th

Luke Smith (@LukeSmithF1)

In Formula 1, you can put the drivers into set ‘groups’: the superstars (Hamilton, Vettel, Alonso); the up-and-comers (Bottas, Ricciardo, Kvyat etc.); the nearlymen (Hulkenberg, Grosjean).

When you get towards the back of the field, there is a group of drivers that could easily be swapped with a number of different drivers from series such as GP2, IndyCar or the WEC who could probably do just as good a job. Marcus Ericsson is the driver in F1 that fits this group best.

Ericsson started the season very well by scoring his first points in Australia, and looked capable of picking up points in Malaysia after good qualifying and a strong start before spinning out thanks to an error. He impressed at Monza, but was largely anonymous for much of the year, battling towards the back.

Sure, 2015 was better for Ericsson, but with so many youngsters burgeoning to break onto the grid, it’s hard to see what kind of future the Swede has in the sport unless 2016 presents a drastic change in fortunes.

Tony DiZinno (@tonydizinno)

The most I really paid attention to Ericsson’s season, in all honesty, came prior to the opening round in Melbourne when Giedo van der Garde had his legal actions against the Sauber team to try to claim his place for a drive. Once it became apparent the Dutchman wasn’t going to be racing, Ericsson had his second season after all, which was largely anonymous.

Good on him for scoring points at the handful of opportunities he had, but rarely if ever was there a race where I watched and thought Ericsson was worth paying much attention.

He seems decent but doesn’t really ever seem the type whose performance is going to get him noticed by the bigger teams. We don’t really have perennial midfielders in F1 much anymore, but Ericsson in that sense is something of a throwback to the mid-‘90s or early-2000s where he’s consistently there, but never in a starring role.

 

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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