Vettel left in ‘no man’s land’ in USGP as F1 title hopes all but end

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Sebastian Vettel said he was left in “no man’s land” during the fight with Lewis Hamilton in Sunday’s United State Grand Prix as his Formula 1 title hopes were all but ended.

Vettel led the opening five laps at the Circuit of The Amerias in Austin, Texas after a flying start from P2 on the grid, but was powerless to keep Hamilton back or keep up through the remainder of the race.

A late switch to a two-stop strategy left the German driver fighting back from P4 to take second at the checkered flag as Hamilton swept to his ninth win of the season.

“I think at the start it was looking good, obviously we got past Lewis but then fairly quickly we had to suddenly realize that we couldn’t keep up with his pace up today,” Vettel said.

“Then I think we were in a bit of no man’s land, not quite sure. It was close after the first stop again, but then again stuck, so towards the end we decided to pit again, take a fresh set of tires, which was a bit more exciting in the last couple of laps especially.

“But overall not the result we wanted.”

Hamilton’s victory saw his advantage in the drivers’ championship grow to 66 points, meaning a top-five finish in any of the last three races this season will be enough to give the Briton a fourth world title.

“Obviously looking back, the races where we went out didn’t help,” Vettel said when asked by NBCSN if his title hopes were over.

“I’m just not happy with today. I thought we could win, but we didn’t.”

Ferrari’s tough day was compounded by confirmation of its loss in the constructors’ championship to Mercedes, who wrapped up a fourth successive title with three races to spare.

The title was clinched despite Ferrari gaining a double podium finish, with Kimi Raikkonen being promoted to third after Max Verstappen’s post-race penalty.

“I was disappointed, I thought I finished fourth. There was some issue with Max,” Raikkonen said.

“My car was very good all the way. I just had to do fuel saving in the end, so it was not so easy.”

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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