Max Verstappen heavily favored over Lewis Hamilton in PointsBet odds for Mexican GP

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Lewis Hamilton won two of the last four editions of the Mexican GP, but this week the winner of the other two, Max Verstappen, is the heavy odds favorite at PointsBet Sportsbook to win this year’s running on Sunday. Verstappen was the winner in 2017 and 2018.

In his most recent attempt in 2019, Verstappen finished sixth, more than one minute off Hamilton’s pace. But it is Verstappen that currently holds the advantage in the Drivers Championship by 12 points over his Mercedes rival, which is part of what contributes to his -185 line at PointsBet. Verstappen was quickest in Friday’s second practice session at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

Nearly 500 points higher than Verstappen, Hamilton is ranked second this week with a line of +275. Hamilton was second fastest on Friday in Practice 1 and third-best in Practice 2 after being pressured by Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Perez. Hamilton won the most recent Mexican GP in 2019. The 2020 edition of this race was canceled because of challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

One way to view American Odds is to move the decimal point two positions to the left. That will let a bettor know what they will make on a $1 bet, so the return on investment this week for Hamilton is $2.75. For bettors more comfortable with fractional odds, a bet of +300 is the same as 3/1.

The last four F1 races have each been won by a different driver with Daniel Ricciardo stepping up at Monza after Verstappen and Hamilton crashed. Two races ago in Turkey, Valtteri Bottas beat Verstappen and Perez.

Still, there is a big drop off to the third ranked driver. Perez is listed at +1100 after standing on the podium in the last two races. Perez will compete in front of his countrymen this week, but his weekend got off to a bad start after crashing early in Practice 1 on Friday.

Bottas, who was fastest in the first practice session and who beat teammate Hamilton in both sessions, is ranked fourth with a line of +2000. Bottas’ win in Turkey was the culmination of four consecutive top-fives in the series. He finished sixth last week at the Circuit of the Americas. Bottas was third in the 2019 Mexican GP.

Rounding out the top five this week is Charles Leclerc, who also spun in the final turn in Practice 1 and damaged his week. Leclerc is listed at +3500. He has four top-fives in his last five starts, but failed to reach the podium with a best of fourth.

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Cadillac confirms WEC driver lineup with Chip Ganassi Racing that will race Le Mans in 2023

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Cadillac and Chip Ganassi Racing announced their driver lineup for a 2023 entry in the FIA World Endurance Championship, the sports car series that includes the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The Cadillac V-LMDh entry will be driven by Earl Bamber and Alex Lynn, who were teamed on the No. 02 Cadillac that competed in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship DPi class this season and won the Twelve Hours of Sebring. The third driver will be Richard Westbrook, who will return to Ganassi after helping the team to a GT class win at Le Mans in 2018.

The team also will compete in the Rolex 24 at Daytona in the rebranded Grand Touring Prototype premier category, which is designed for crossover between the top prototypes in IMSA and WEC. Ganassi will field a second entry at Daytona with its No. 01 Cadillac that will compete full time in IMSA with Sebastien Bourdais and Renger van der Zande.

Next year will mark the return of Cadillac to Le Mans for the first time since 2002.

Before joining Ganassi last year, Lynn made 28 WEC starts since 2016, winning the LMGTE Pro class at Le Mans in 2020.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to continue with Cadillac and Chip Ganassi Racing,” Lynn said in a release. “It’s a huge honor to drive for Chip in any capacity but certainly on a full factory sports car program, it’s seriously cool. Cadillac has so much heritage as a luxury North American sports car brand, so to be able to represent them is a huge privilege. I’ve had a lot of fun in my first year doing it and to continue that onto the World Endurance Championship stage is fantastic.

“For me, returning to WEC is sort of what I’ve always known and it’s a bit like going into my wheelhouse. This year in IMSA was a bit different with getting to know all-new circuits and a new style of racing so 2023 will be filled with a bit more of what I’m used to with more of a European focus. I think what’s significant about WEC is without a doubt Le Mans. As a sports car race, Le Mans is the crown jewel and everything that we want to win. To be able to take Chip Ganassi Racing and Cadillac back to Le Mans to fight for overall honors is a huge honor and that’s something that I’m going to work tirelessly to make sure we achieve.”

Bamber won the Le Mans overall in 2015 and ’17 with Porsche teams and also was a 2019 GTLM champion in IMSA.

“I am really happy to continue at Chip Ganassi Racing and Cadillac,” Bamber said in a release. “I’ve loved my first season in DPi and now to continue over into the LMDh era and WEC is super exciting. Looking forward to fighting for a world championship and another Le Mans victory.

“The World Endurance Championships gives us the opportunity to race at the world’s biggest race, which is Le Mans, the crown jewel of sports car racing. I’ve been lucky enough to win it before and it’s obviously a huge goal for Cadillac and everyone at Chip Ganassi Racing. To have that goal in sight is really exciting. It’s been great to have Alex as a teammate in 2022. We’ve been able to learn and grow together in the DPi, and we have a really good partnership going into WEC. We know each other really well and believe adding Richard will be a seamless transition.”

Said Westbrook: “After four really good years at Chip Ganassi Racing, I’ve got so many friends there and I’ve always dreamt to come back one day. It just worked so well between 2016 and 2019, and I’m delighted we found a route to come together again. I can’t wait, it’s an exciting era in sports car racing right now.

“I feel like I know Alex and Earl really well. I did Le Mans with Alex in 2020 and I’ve known him for years. It feels like I’m going back with an ex-teammate and exactly the same with Earl. Although I’ve never shared a car with Earl, we’ve always done the same sort of racing be it in WEC or in IMSA. We’ve had lots of battles, including this year in our dueling Cadillacs. We’ve always gotten along quite well, and I can say we’re going to have a great year together.”

The seven-race WEC season, which also includes a stop at Spa, will begin March 17 with the 1,000 Miles of Sebring at Sebring International Raceway in Florida.