Renault set to evaluate B-spec engine at post-Spanish GP test

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Renault is set to evaluate a raft of updates for its R.S.16 Formula 1 car during next weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix before trialling a B-spec engine at the post-race test.

Renault returned to F1 as a constructor in 2016 after six years away, taking over the old Lotus operation at Enstone in the winter break.

Its first four races have offered more lows than highs, with its first points only coming courtesy of Kevin Magnussen last weekend in Russia.

However, the team is pushing on with update plans to move up the grid, with a raft of updates planned over the coming race and test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya which should suit the car.

“For the race we have an updated rear wing as well as some updates for the front wing,” team technical director Nick Chester confirmed.

“For the test we have a full raft of things to try; new suspension, further aero updates over various areas of the car, some mods to cooling as well as evaluating the B-spec power unit, so we should have a full two days.

“We fared decently in relative terms at pre-season testing [in Barcelona] and when you look at the qualities required for a handy car around the circuit there are no initial fears from our side.

“That’s not to say we wouldn’t welcome some more downforce, but there’s potential as we currently stand.”

Chester also spoke about the progress made between China and Russia by the team, and believes that this upward trend can continue in Spain.

“In China there were a lot of factors that worked against us and in contrast, in Russia there were a lot of factors that were beneficial to us,” Chester said.

“It illustrated the importance of having a completely straightforward weekend with no issues to deal with – whether in the practice sessions or in the race. Getting all the data from practice is important: we did that in Russia so our engineers were better placed to make the best set-up calls.

“On top of that we were able to show decent race pace and capitalise on the events around us in the race and get a strong result. Kevin drove a brilliant race with other cars breathing down his neck; he did everything he could and seventh was the result.

“On the other side of the garage, Jolyon was much happier with his car so we’re in a good place heading to Spain.”

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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