Alonso would regret leaving Ferrari if it wins 2016 F1 title

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Fernando Alonso has conceded that he would have regrets over leaving Ferrari if it wins the Formula 1 title in 2016.

Alonso experienced an acrimonious split with the Italian manufacturer at the end of 2014, walking away from Maranello before his contract had expired.

The Spaniard has struggled since returning to McLaren as issues with the team’s Honda power unit limited him to just two points finishes across the course of the 2015 season.

Heading into 2016, Alonso has higher hopes for McLaren after a winter of work at Honda, but admitted that he would think about what could have been should Ferrari win the title in 2016.

“If they win the championship, probably yes,” Alonso said when asked if he might come to regret his move.

“Because I had a contract last year and this year with them, so if they win the championship this year, I probably will feel that I could have had that opportunity as well if I was able to drive as good as the champion if they win.

“So that will be the case, but this is a big if.”

Alonso is confident that Honda has made big progress with its power unit over the winter, telling NBC Sports in a separate interview that many of the major issues of 2015 have been solved.

“I think we have a lot of things to solve. That’s the thing we cannot forget,” Alonso said.

“We had reliability issues, we had deployment issues and performance issues. I think most of them are solved and still some of the performance that we need to unlock and we need to find.

“But I think the step has been quite big and I’m happy.”

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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