Palmer: No issues returning to racing after year out

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Jolyon Palmer says he felt “completely normal” when making his Formula 1 debut in Australia last weekend despite having gone over a year without taking part in a race.

Palmer won the GP2 Series title in 2014 before joining Lotus as a reserve driver, which while giving him plenty of track time in practice and testing meant he was not racing wheel-to-wheel with other drivers.

Palmer finished 11th in Melbourne for Renault, and enjoyed some particularly close on-track battles with Valtteri Bottas and Carlos Sainz Jr. as he eased back into racing once again.

“It felt completely normal,” Palmer said.

“The difference from GP2 to F1 is that there are bigger variables. People are on different tires and strategies, so you have to work out whether you can realistically fight and keep position.

“But it was not a problem. I had some good battles and really enjoyed it.”

Palmer is looking forward to next weekend’s race in Bahrain, where he was a winner in GP2 and has tested an F1 car on the track before.

“I raced there in GP2 and it’s a track I have been successful on in the past. I won the last race I did there, then I also had a podium,” Palmer said.

“I also drove in practice last year. I will be more relaxed now I have one race under my belt, particularly as I finished all 58 laps.

“I feel much more comfortable after pre-season testing and am looking forward to going to a track I know and have won at before.”

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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