F1 qualifying set for radical overhaul, adding quickfire eliminations

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Formula 1 qualifying sessions are set to undergo a radical overhaul ahead of the 2016 season following a meeting of the F1 Commission in Geneva on Tuesday.

As part of a bid to improve the on-track spectacle of the race weekend, F1 chiefs have provisionally agreed to introduce a new elimination element to qualifying that will see the slowest driver be knocked out every 90 seconds.

Currently, qualifying is split into three sessions – Q1, Q2 and Q3 – that sees the fastest drivers make it through to the next stage, with the final shootout for pole being contested by 10 cars.

Although the basic structure of qualifying is set to remain for 2016, it is poised to be altered by the addition of an elimination countdown that will see the slowest driver at every 90 second interval be knocked out immediately.

Each stage of qualifying will start with a safe period that will allow drivers to get out on track and post a lap time.

In Q1, the elimination countdown will start after seven minutes, with the session lasting for 16 minutes and eliminating seven drivers.

The remaining 15 drivers will proceed to Q2, which will again follow the same format – albeit for just 15 minutes – until eight drivers remain and advance to Q3.

The final eight will then take part in 14-minute session with a five-minute safe period. The final nine minutes will see drivers be knocked out until just two remain on-track to battle for pole position.

The change to qualifying is still to be ratified by the World Motor Sport Council, but given the unanimous agreement of the F1 Commission, it is unlikely that it would be rejected. It will remain to be defined whether this is introduced for 2016 and 2017, though.

Further details are expected in the morning regarding other changes agreed by the F1 Commission including changes to aerodynamic regulations and other alterations for 2017.

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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