F1: Hamilton dominates French Grand Prix as Vettel falters

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Sunday’s French Grand Prix was a tale of two races of sorts, depending on where you were running.

For Lewis Hamilton, the race was very routine, as he led from the pole and dominated the run, leading all but one lap on the way to winning by just over seven seconds.

Behind him, however, chaos reigned, especially on the opening lap, most notably impacting title rival Sebastian Vettel. Vettel got a great jump off the line, but locked up the brakes entering Turn 1 and plowed into the left-rear of Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas.

The contact sent Bottas spinning and damaged the front wing of Vettel, who was later assessed a five-second penalty for avoidable contact.

That same lap, Pierre Gasly suffered a similar lockup and plowed into Esteban Ocon, sending both drivers spinning and damaging both cars.

The two Frenchmen retired on the spot, and their incident forced a Safety Car.

Racing resumed on Lap 6, with Hamilton now leading Max Verstappen, who evaded the Lap 1 chaos to run in second, with Daniel Ricciardo making quick work of Carlos Sainz Jr. to run third.

Deeper in the field, Vettel and Bottas began charging back through the field, though Vettel was making quicker progress – he was back inside the Top 5 on Lap 20, while Bottas was in 10th at that time.

However, their charge stalled in the second half of the race. Vettel briefly ran in podium contention after Hamilton, Verstappen, and Ricciardo pitted – Vettel had gotten ahead of Ricciardo in that cycle – but was powerless to keep Ricciardo behind him, with the Red Bull Racing driver blitzing his way by.

Vettel’s teammate Kimi Raikkonen did the same soon after, and Ferrari eventually decided to pit Vettel again late in the race for fresher tires.

Mercedes did the same with Bottas as well, and the two finished fifth (Vettel) and seventh (Bottas).

Up front, however, no one had anything for Hamilton, who cruised to a seemingly easy win.

Verstappen drove a solid race to finish second, while Raikkonen made a late pass on Ricciardo to take the final spot on the podium in third.

Behind the front five, Kevin Magnussen finished a solid sixth for Haas, right in between the aforementioned Vettel and Bottas.

Carlos Sainz Jr. and Nico Hulkenberg gave Renault a double points finish in their home race – they finished eighth and ninth – while Charles Leclerc put in another sterling effort to finish tenth, his fourth points scoring effort of the 2018 Formula 1 season.

Results are below. Hamilton now leads Vettel by 14 points, while Ricciardo remains in third, four points ahead of Bottas.

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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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