Grosjean: Racing for Ferrari a dream, but Haas the focus right now

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Romain Grosjean has said that although he does dream of one day racing for Ferrari in Formula 1, he is determined to make the new Haas team successful and take it up the grid.

Grosjean walked away from Lotus to join Haas F1 Team for 2016, established by NASCAR team co-owner Gene Haas.

Haas will enjoy a technical partnership with Ferrari in F1, using its power unit, gearbox, and suspension among other parts.

Grosjean has been considered by Ferrari as a driver option in the past, leading to questions about the motivation for moving to Haas, and whether he was using it as a stepping stone to one day join the Italian manufacturer.

Speaking to MotorSportsTalk in Barcelona earlier this week, Grosjean admitted that – like most drivers – he does dream of racing for Ferrari one day, but is fully focused on making Haas successful right now.

“I think when you are five years old and you start go-karting, Ferrari is the dream,” Grosjean said.

“Yes, Ferrari one day is a dream. But now I’m starting a season with 21 grands prix, a new team. I want to make it successful.

“I think for Formula 1, for the team, for myself, for everyone’s image, to be successful would be something unbelievable. The support we could get in the U.S. would be huge.

“Right now I’m here, wearing gray, having a car which I think has really good potential, and being ready for a season.”

Grosjean was full of praise for the parts supplied by Ferrari to Haas, saying that they were the best he had seen throughout his racing career.

“The suspension, the engine, the gearbox – all the parts we get from Ferrari are strong parts, are good parts – probably the best I’ve seen ever, the way they are built,” Grosjean said.

“It shows that it is a brand new team but we’ve got the resources and knowledge in the car.”

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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