Max Verstappen once more favored in PointsBet odds for Brazilian GP

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Max Verstappen is once again the heavy odds favorite at PointsBet Sportsbook to win in Formula One in Sunday’s Brazilian GP after taking the honors in 2019 and leading late in 2018 before contact with a lapped car handed the victory to Lewis Hamilton. Verstappen finished second in that race. The 2020 Brazilian GP was canceled due to challenges faced by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Verstappen was also heavily favored last week and the consensus is that Red Bull Racing has an edge at high altitude tracks like Mexico City and Sao Paulo. If successful, this will be Verstappen’s 10th win of the season. The most he has earned previously was three in 2019. Verstappen shows odds of -155, which means the only way to make money on this bet is to get someone to take the opposite side.

Last week Hamilton trailed Verstappen by nearly 500 points. This week, he is a little closer with a line of +245. Hamilton won the 2018 edition of the Brazilian GP when Verstappen was involved in an incident with Esteban Ocon as he tried to lap the slower driver. That was one of 11 races won that season, a feat he matched in both 2019 and 2020. So far this year he has five wins with four races remaining. Hamilton also won the Brazilian GP in 2016.

Hamilton’s chances of winning on Sunday became more challenging after he incurred a five-spot grid penalty for changing an engine.

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 $2.45. For bettors more comfortable with fractional odds, a bet of +300 is the same as 3/1.

Valtteri Bottas is ranked third at +1000. His first win of the season came three races ago in Turkey and extended his winning streak to three consecutive years. He has not earned a top-five in two races since with a sixth at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas and a 15th last week in Mexico City.

Ranked fourth is Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Perez at +1500. Last week Perez became the first Mexican driver to stand on the podium in Mexico City when he finished third behind Verstappen and Hamilton. That was his third consecutive podium.

The perceived strength of Bottas over Perez is one reason that PointsBet has Mercedes favored over Red Bull in the constructors’ championship while they favor Verstappen over Hamilton in driver points. Currently Mercedes boasts -121 odds to Red Bull’s -110 as Verstappen is listed at -455 to win over Hamilton at +300.

No other driver is listed at better than 60/1 – and in fact, three drivers have lines of +6000. Those drivers are Carlos Sainz, Jr., Pierre Gasly and Charles Leclerc.

In last week’s Mexican GP, those three drivers all challenged for a top-five with Gasly finishing fourth, Leclerc fifth and Sainz sixth.

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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.