Daniel Ricciardo bullish on Red Bull’s lineup, title hopes

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Daniel Ricciardo has spent a lot of his winter in Los Angeles, training and preparing for the new Formula 1 season that kicks off in just under two months at his home race in Melbourne.

And while it remains to be seen whether Red Bull’s chassis and power unit combination will be able to topple Mercedes, Ricciardo is bullish on their prospects, and on the pairing of he and Max Verstappen in their first full season together as teammates. Ricciardo begins his fourth year with Red Bull Racing this year, and Verstappen his second after being promoted from Scuderia Toro Rosso prior to last year’s Spanish Grand Prix.

“I think we can challenge, yes. If we make the same improvements we did last year then (Lewis Hamilton) won’t have anything easy, believe me,” Ricciardo said, via a Q&A with F1’s official website.

“I really think we do (have the best lineup). Now. Not sure who the second best line-up is. Don’t really care!”

Ricciardo said testing the new 2017 Pirelli tires has been weird because of the chassis difference in running an older car. But it’s at least provided a good baseline.

“It was hard to really evaluate. Sure, I felt more grip from the bigger tires, but the car was a kind of random/hybrid set-up so wouldn’t have given the real 2017 feel,” he said.

“But the tires seemed fun, so I expect good things when we get on track in Barcelona. From what we’ve seen in the simulator it will be a real challenge. But Barcelona will show the real thing.”

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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