Bird completes New York Formula E sweep with second win

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RED HOOK, NY – Sam Bird completed a victory sweep of the New York Formula E race weekend by taking his second win in the space of 24 hours for DS Virgin Racing on Sunday afternoon.

Bird took his first victory of the season on Saturday, and followed this up by charging to pole position for Sunday’s race ahead of Mahindra’s Felix Rosenqvist.

Rosenqvist made a strong start from P2 on the grid to dive into the lead ahead of Bird at the first corner, but could not shake the British racer off at the front.

Bird was able to slide past and reclaim the lead at the same spot he had lost it on Lap 11, and was soon able to move clear and create a gap to Rosenqvist behind.

Mahindra pitted Rosenqvist and teammate Nick Heidfeld, running third, under a full course yellow just before half-distance, yet Bird stayed out, hoping it would be a lengthy caution period for teammate Alex Lynn’s stricken car.

Bird was able to pit and emerge still leading, with the race going back to green just seconds later, ensuring his advantage at the front remained intact.

Victory was Bird’s for the taking from that point on as he used his lap of extra energy to pull clear of Rosenqvist and Heidfeld, eventually crossing the line 11 seconds clear.

Rosenqvist moved up into second late on ahead of Heidfeld after two swaps of position, the Swede standing a slim chance of still winning the title at the season finale in Montreal.

Red Bull Formula 1 junior Pierre Gasly finished fourth ahead of title contender Lucas di Grassi, who will go to Montreal trailing New York absentee Sebastien Buemi by 10 points.

Nicolas Prost took sixth for Renault ahead of Tom Dillmann and Jean-Eric Vergne, while Robin Frijns and Jerome d’Ambrosio completed the points-paying positions.

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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