F1 team bosses welcome Haas, offer advice ahead of debut

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Following the failure of the three most recent start-up teams in Formula 1 – Team Lotus, Virgin and Hispania back in 2010 – there has always been an air of scepticism surrounding Gene Haas’ bid to get a new operation on the grid.

And yet in Australia this weekend, he will achieve exactly that. Haas F1 Team made its official grand prix session debut on Friday in practice, and will line up to start a race for the first time on Sunday.

NASCAR team co-owner Haas has traveled to Australia for this weekend’s race, and featured in the FIA press conference on Friday alongside five other team bosses.

Haas admitted that he felt in awe to be sitting alongside some of the sport’s most influential figures such as Ferrari team boss Maurizio Arrivabene and Mercedes’ Toto Wolff.

“Well, I tell you all of a sudden I’m sitting here in awe that I’m sitting among all these team principals from Ferrari, Mercedes and Renault and Honda and Red Bull,” Haas said.

“To be sitting among this group of elite is humbling, I can say that. It’s been a long journey, I’m not sure how I really got here but here I am. I think, if you probably ask everybody here, how you wind up here is somewhat unique. Things in life, I guess you have to grab them.

“This is just part of the process of being able to compete at this level. It’s just awe inspiring. I know there’s some hard times ahead but I’m looking forward to it. Looking forward to the challenge.”

Arrivabene, Wolff, Red Bull team boss Christian Horner, Renault managing director Cyril Abiteboul and McLaren racing director Eric Boullier were asked what advice they would give Haas ahead of his team’s F1 debut.

“I think it’s fantastic to have Haas join Formula 1 as an independent team, as a really credible independent team,” Horner said.

“Formula 1’s a big challenge, it’s great to have an American, and a true American presence in Formula 1.

“Words of advice… get a good lawyer!”

Boullier added: “I think it’s very exciting for Formula 1 to have, as Christian said, a true American team and an American character like Gene joining us who had a deep understanding of racing, who has also useful experience in America with NASCAR, which he could share and I would be very happy to hear sometime.

“I don’t have any advice to give. He knows about racing enough and he is serious about what he had built already and I think it is going to be a nice surprise and maybe a difficult but a nice journey in Formula 1.”

Wolff also said he had no advice to give, believing that Haas’ success in business and NASCAR will have prepared him well for life in F1.

“I think Gene doesn’t need any advice. He has done it very successfully in NASCAR and much more successful than all of us with his own company,” Wolff said.

“If there is advice in Formula 1 it’s to manage expectations – because pressure is going to increase the better the results are and, the way you’ve been doing it, keeping both feet on the ground and staying humble, I think is the right approach.”

Arrivabene said that F1 should focus more on figures such as Haas who are positive about racing in F1 and are committed to the series.

“I think that what I have to say, we are talking most of the time about teams that left or want to leave Formula 1 and not enough about people like Gene,” Arrivabene said.

“He’s a serious person, financially reliable, committed and with a lot of experience. I don’t have to give him any advice – but I have to congratulate people like Gene Haas, that they want to invest in Formula One and they want to take this sport seriously and not as a kind of speculation.

“In terms of a lawyer, he got a good lawyer – but he’s using his lawyer properly.”

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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