Orlando’s B(l)oom: Actor’s 41st birthday goes sideways behind wheel of Formula E racer

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Actor Orlando Bloom – he of Pirates of the Caribbean and Lord Of The Rings fame – turned 41 earlier this month.

To celebrate his birthday, Bloom and buddy Leonardo DiCaprio went to the Formula E race in Marrakesh, Morocco on Jan. 13, hung out in the paddock and then on the following day, after the race was history, Bloom jumped at the opportunity to drive one of the 140-mile, electric-powered open-wheel cars.

After driving around in a safety car to familiarize himself with the track, Bloom triumphantly said, “I’m a natural.”

But with the way things turned out, though, if Bloom has any visions of becoming a race car driver, he may want to stick to his acting gig instead.

As he was taking the Renault E-car through its paces, he came upon a 90-degree left-hander a little too hot, locked up the brakes and promptly lost it, running into a wall and knocking off part of the front wing. In other words, Bloom went Boom!

Fortunately for Bloom, he was not injured, although his ego may have been a little bruised.

But there’s a happy ending: Bloom got one more birthday present. Formula E officials gave him the broken wing to take home as a souvenir.

Check out the video of the embarrassing incident, provided by Formula E:

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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