MotorSportsTalk’s Predictions: 2016 Canadian GP

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The Canadian Grand Prix has established itself as one of Formula 1’s most popular races over the years for both fans and members of the paddock alike.

Lewis Hamilton is a particular fan of the event, having won at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve four times during his F1 career.

The Briton arrives in Montreal hopeful of adding a fifth on Sunday and continuing from where he left off last time out in Monaco as he claimed his first win of the 2016 season.

The result not only ended a poor run of form, but it also almost halved the championship lead Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg had forged in the opening five races of the season.

However, with Rosberg up for a fight and the Red Bull duo of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen on the rise, Hamilton is unlikely to have it all his own way this weekend.

Here are our predictions for the weekend ahead. Let us know in the comments section how you see the Canadian Grand Prix playing out.

Luke Smith (@LukeSmithF1)

Race Winner: Lewis Hamilton. The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is arguably where we see Lewis Hamilton at his very best. His wet-dry masterclass in Monaco was a joy to behold, and with rain on the horizon in Montreal, he could excel in the conditions once again. I can’t look past him after such a big breakthrough last time out. The momentum has swung in the title race.

Surprise Finish: Romain Grosjean. Grosjean usually goes well in Canada, having finished second here back in 2012 with Lotus. Such a lofty result may be out of the question with Haas this weekend, but a return to the points will be the aim.

Most to Prove: Max Verstappen. Following his victory in Spain, Verstappen came back down to earth with a bump last time out in Monaco. The Dutchman crashed three times across the course of the weekend, putting an end to what looked set to be a productive weekend. Now armed with the upgraded Renault power unit, he’s got a point to prove in Canada.

Additional Storyline: Groundhogs. F1’s furry friends often make an appearance in Montreal. Let’s see if the drivers can avoid them on-track this weekend.

Predict the Podium

1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes
3. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull

Tony DiZinno (@tonydizinno)

Race Winner: Lewis Hamilton. Perhaps lucky to win in Monaco – OK, very lucky – Hamilton should be able to win on outright form at a track where he has four past victories. Keeps the momentum going.

Surprise Finish: Valtteri Bottas. Given how underwhelming the Finn has been in comparison to his teammate and on the whole this year at Williams, is due a podium or top-four result.

Most to Prove: Daniel Ricciardo. How, you ask, does the guy who probably could have won each of the last two GPs had it not been for strategy screw-ups by his team have the most to prove? Ricciardo famously got his first GP win in Canada a couple years ago and this could be a weekend for him to do it on outright pace since the Red Bull is there, in a more straightforward fight compared to the weather affected at Monaco. He’ll want to prove the team has done him wrong the last two races and get on top of his own.

Additional Storyline: Whither Ferrari? At a track where straight line speed is king, does Ferrari have it what it takes to match the Mercs and Red Bulls or will they fall further behind?

Predict the Podium

1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull
3. Nico Rosberg Mercedes

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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