Vergne: P2 in Paris a ‘turning point’ in Formula E season


PARIS – Jean-Eric Vergne believes that his charge to second place in Saturday’s Paris ePrix marks a turning point in his Formula E season after a tough start to the year.

Vergne recorded just one top 10 finish in the opening six races of the year, leaving him 65 points behind DS Virgin Racing teammate Sam Bird in the drivers’ championship.

The Frenchman scored his best result of the season in qualifying earlier in the day, finishing third before jumping ahead of Bird on the charge down to the first corner to sit second.

Vergne held off the Briton throughout the race to cross the line second, marking his first podium finish since the London ePrix at the end of season one, much to his relief.

“It’s really important for many reasons,” Vergne told NBC Sports after the race.

“First of all, a podium in France is something pretty amazing, especially in Paris.

“And then it’s important for me also because it points out the turning point of the season where I had a lot of negative things.

“I worked a lot on myself to get things towards me, and it worked out pretty well this weekend. Now I intend to keep the same spirit for the rest of the season.”

DS Virgin Racing team principal Alex Tai also said that the result would have a positive psychological on Vergne, coming good on the pace he showed throughout his first year in Formula E.

“It’s massive. He deserves it,” Tai told NBC Sports.

“He knows he’s got that latent experience and capability. What we need to do is keep that consistency there.”

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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