FIA grants WEC GTE class World Championship status from 2017

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The GTE class of the FIA World Endurance Championship has been granted World Championship status by the FIA ahead of the 2017 season.

Through the first five seasons of the WEC, official World Championship titles were only afforded to the winning drivers and team in the LMP1 class.

However, following a push for recognition of the class by the series officials, the GTE Pro class – which has been a ‘World Cup’ up to now – will now also become a World Championship.

The decision was confirmed by the FIA following the latest meeting of the World Motor Sport Council in Vienna.

“The World Motor Sport Council approved the proposal to upgrade the status of the GTE class. This class has previously been run as a World Cup within the WEC,” a statement from the FIA reads.

“From 2017, the new title will be the FIA World Endurance Championship for GTE Drivers and Manufacturers.

“This has been decided due to the increase of GTE manufacturer involvement in the Championship, as well as improvements in professionalism and car performance.”

The WMSC also approved the decision to freeze the technical regulations for the LMP1 class of the WEC until the end of the 2019 season.

“The Technical Regulations originally scheduled to be introduced for the LMP1-Hybrid class in 2018, have now been postponed until 2020,” the statement read.

“As a result, the 2017 Technical Regulations will be enforced for the 2018 and 2019 seasons.”

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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