Ricciardo satisfied with ‘lonely’ fourth in Bahrain after early clash

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Daniel Ricciardo believes that fourth place was the most that Red Bull could expect from Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix after he sustained damage to his front wing and floor early on.

Ricciardo gained a position before the start after Sebastian Vettel suffered an engine failure en route to the grid, leaving the Australian to follow Nico Rosberg, Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton home.

“I saw some smoke out of Seb’s car on the warmup lap, and I knew that was his race done,” Ricciardo told NBCSN after the race.

“So it put us in fifth to fourth, and we finished fourth.”

Ricciardo got tangled up in an incident at the first corner that saw him suffer damage to his front wing and floor, but he managed to continue.

“Quite a bit went on in the first lap,” Ricciardo said. “We got tangled up and damaged the front wing, A big sort of part flew off.

“But we carried on and made the most of it. Fourth was a bit lonely at times but we couldn’t expect much more.”

Ricciardo’s closest rival was Haas driver Romain Grosjean, who ran an aggressive three-stop strategy en route to finishing fifth.

Despite passing Ricciardo on track, Grosjean eventually dropped behind in the final stint as he was forced to run the soft tire as per the sporting regulations.

“I think so far we’ve had two races, having an extra set of tires, for me has made it really exciting,” Ricciardo said of Pirelli’s new tire rule for 2016.

“Things change. For the race you can go for different strategies, different variables. I saw [Grosjean] coming and was a bit surprised by pace, but I saw the strategy, I knew fourth was still on for us.”

Ricciardo sits third in the drivers’ championship after two races, trailing the runaway Mercedes duo of Rosberg and Hamilton ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix in two weeks’ time.

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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