Ecclestone: F1 needs new engine rules to end Mercedes’ dominance

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Formula 1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone believes the sport needs new engine rules if Mercedes’ domination is to come to an end.

Mercedes has ruled over proceedings at the front of the pack for the past three seasons following the switch to V6 turbo power units for the 2014 season.

Although there has been a noticeable convergence in engine performance over the past three seasons, Mercedes’ advantage remains sizeable enough for it to sweep to 19 out of a possible 21 victories in 2016.

2017 will see an overhaul of the technical regulations that places a greater onus on aerodynamics once again, but Ecclestone believes Mercedes’ advantage is such that it will only lose ground when the engine regulations are changed again.

“Red Bull believe they can beat Mercedes with better aerodynamics. However, I’m not so sure about that,” Ecclestone told Sport Bild.

“Mercedes’ advantage on the engine side still is large. Because of this we have to introduce new engine rules as soon as possible.”

Ecclestone believes that F1 should not focus on more palatable road-relevant power units, and instead return to more spectacular engines.

“The important thing is to rule out the hybrid engines. [FIA president] Jean Todt thinks they are the spirit of our times, and this may be true for normal road cars.

“But in F1, people want to see something special. They want to have noisy, powerful engines that can be managed only by the best drivers in the world.

“You don’t put orthopedic shoes onto your pro football players, do you, just because these kinds of shoes are popular in everyday life?

“The rules must be changed, all of them. They are too complicated. We are in the entertainment business.

“But how are we supposed to entertain people when the audience doesn’t understand a thing any more?”

The current iteration of F1 engine regulations are set to remain in place until the end of the 2020 season at the earliest.

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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