Aleshin, Munoz, Hawksworth lament early race contact at Barber

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It’s a good thing we’re still in April.

After a tangle heading to the start of Sunday’s IndyCar race at Barber Motorsports Park, it’s questionable if Mikhail Aleshin, Carlos Munoz and Jack Hawksworth will be sending Christmas cards to each other this year.

The three drivers were involved in a wreck heading to the green flag to start Sunday’s Honda Grand Prix of Alabama.

And of course, what manifested itself was a he said, he said and he said analogy that left observers still wondering who did what and who caused it.

For those of you who missed it, Munoz got into the rear of Aleshin’s race car. Hawksworth missed contact but was forced off-track to avoid becoming part of the incident.

First, let’s hear from Aleshin on Munoz:

“That’s what happens when someone doesn’t use their brain,” Aleshin said. “The rest of the race was bad because I got hit in the back of the car at the start and then someone hit me on my front wheel. The car was completely unbalanced after that. Something was bent, so the job was done before it even started.”

Aleshin finished 17th and Hawksworth was 19th. Munoz didn’t end up much better, finishing 14th, yet had a completely different perspective on what happened in the early wreck:

“On the first start everyone started to pack up and brake,” Munoz said. “I couldn’t avoid hitting Aleshin. They put us in the back of the grid, that didn’t help at all. After that the rest of the race had no yellows, and with no yellows it’s hard to move to the front or do any strategy, so it is what it is.”

Hawksworth was somewhat more diplomatic in his thoughts about the early incident, not laying blame upon either driver:

“We didn’t get a good start because (Aleshin got hit (by Munoz) and spun in front of us and I had to go off-track to miss him,” Hawksworth said. “They sent all of us to the back.”

It was the start of what would become a bad day for Hawksworth, who made contact with Aleshin late in the race and, as Hawksworth said, “That was it.”

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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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