Maldonado confirms exit from Renault

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Pastor Maldonado has confirmed his exit from the Renault F1 Team ahead of the 2016 season.

Maldonado posted the news on Twitter this morning.

It’s in Spanish, but is translated below, via Google Translate:

“My dear fans, I address you with respect.

“As everyone knows in recent days there have been a number of rumors about my immediate future in Formula One.

“It has been 23 years in the most exciting sports, I started at an early age, with the help of my family, we grew up and went to form as a professional, I met the taste of victory, that always leaves you with more and more will to fight.

“A few years I became a teenager, I went in search of my dreams to unknown lands, without the warmth of my people, of my roots, my Venezuela.

“At that time, I became a man, and I realized that there were many things that I could get away from my goal, yet always succeeded.

“World Karting, Formula Renault 2000, Formula 3000, Word Series and GP2 championship unforgettable. I got used to winning, we received over 200 trophies, of all sizes, shapes, shine, well, my lifetime of accomplishment in an incredibly wonderful and great pride for my own space.

“He arrived as expected, the dream, the end that justified all my means, Formula One, a category that gave me even the most anticipated of my victories, this Grand Prix of Spain in 2012. All this thanks to the continued support of my family, international fans and especially my great country, that it was heard with our glorious anthem and traveled the world, because I carry my flag not only in my car but in my soul and so to the very top of the podium.

“Today with the utmost humility I inform you that I will not be present at the starting grid for the 2016 F1 season, thanks for all your messages of support, passion and concern for my future. I feel very honored with the support of all of you and proud of my professional performance.

“Affirm my sense of gratitude to God, my family, my sponsors, my friends, my fans and all those who have helped realize this dream of being able to represent Venezuela to the pinnacle of motorsport. See you soon!”

This news all but confirms Kevin Magnussen, who will be set to replace Maldonado at Renault in due course.

I asked Magnussen’s father Jan, who drives for Corvette Racing, at this weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona whether he’d be expecting any good news from Kevin to come in the coming days.

Jan’s response? “I always expect good news for Kevin,” he said with a wink and a smile.

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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