Raikkonen finds age gap to Verstappen ‘scary’

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When Kimi Raikkonen made his Formula 1 debut back in 2001 with Sauber, his lack of car racing experience led to questions about his suitability and readiness for the sport. Within two years, he was a grand prix winner ready to fight for a world championship.

It was therefore fitting that Max Verstappen’s breakthrough grand prix victory in Spain came after a nose-to-tail fight with Raikkonen, a driver twice his age.

Verstappen’s readiness was also doubted when Toro Rosso announced he would be entering F1 in 2015, and there were even question marks when Red Bull gave him a surprise promotion to its senior team for the Spanish Grand Prix.

Oh how that paid off…

For Raikkonen, second place in Spain continued his excellent start to the 2016 season and lifted him to P2 in the drivers’ championship ahead of Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton.

However, the Finn made no secret of his disappointment, knowing that he had missed a big opportunity to claim his first victory since the 2013 Australian Grand Prix.

“I’m happy for Max, disappointed for myself, but that’s racing,” Raikkonen said.

“We were fast, but I could not follow close through the final corners, and was losing downforce. I tried everything, but it wasn’t enough.

“After yesterday we would have been happy with second and third, but we got so close, so it’s even more disappointing – it’s just part of racing.”

Raikkonen raced against another Verstappen in 2001 and 2003: Jos Verstappen, Max’s father.

So what does Kimi make of the age gap to F1’s newest winner?

“He’s a good driver and in a good team now,” Raikkonen said.

“It’s the youngest and oldest, but I raced against his father, so that’s more scary.”

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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