Alfa Romeo Sauber confirms Leclerc, Ericsson for F1 2018

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The newly-rebranded Alfa Romeo Sauber Formula 1 team has confirmed Formula 2 champion Charles Leclerc will step up to a full-time race seat for the 2018 season, partnering the retained Marcus Ericsson.

Sauber announced back in July it would be entering an expanded technical partnership with Ferrari from 2018, with the deal leading to a rebrand under the Alfa Romeo name, a brand also owned by the Fiat-Chrysler Alliance.

In a press conference held in Milan on Saturday, Sauber confirmed it would be retaining Ericsson for a fourth season alongside the incoming Leclerc, who replaces Mercedes-backed Pascal Wehrlein.

The team also unveiled its new white and red colors for the 2018 season via a concept livery, replacing the blue design it has raced with since 2015.

Having lost out to Ericsson in the race for the second Sauber seat alongside Leclerc, Ferrari youngster Antonio Giovinazzi has been appointed as the team’s third and reserve driver for the 2018 season.

Giovinazzi deputized for Pascal Wehrlein when injured for two races at the start of the year, taking a best finish of P12 on debut in Australia.

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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