Max Verstappen, Charles Leclerc closely ranked in PointsBet odds for 2022 Spanish Grand Prix

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Max Verstappen’s win in the inaugural Miami race allowed him to close to within 19 points of Charles Leclerc and contributes to a narrow gap between the two odds favorites at PointsBet Sportsbook to win the 2022 Spanish Grand Prix.

Verstappen had to survive unseasonably hot weather, an aggressive pass on Leclerc and a late-race restart to win. He has now won every race in which he has been running at the end.  This week he is barely above even money with a line of +110. Verstappen has finished on the podium in hist last four Spanish Grand Prixs, but has not won there since 2016.

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 Verstappen is $1.10 for the race and also to win the pole this week. For bettors more comfortable with fractional odds, a bet of +300 is the same as 3/1.

For the second week, Leclerc is only 30 points behind Verstappen this week at+140. Leclerc won the two races not claimed by Verstappen and finished second in two other events, including the Miami Grand Prix. Leclerc finish fourth in last year’s edition of this race and was fifth in 2019. Leclerc is also listed at +110 alongside Verstappen to win the pole.

After getting off to a fast start of three consecutive podiums, Carlos Sainz Jr. crashed in back-to-back races in Melbourne and Imola. He made it to the checkers without damage last week and climbed back on the podium for the fourth time in six rounds. This week, his line is posted at +1100.

Sergio Perez is ranked fourth with a line of +1600. Perez finished fourth in Miami. This week, he is seeking his third consecutive Spanish Grand Prix top-five after finishing fifth in his last two starts.

Rounding out the top five in PointsBet’s ranking are Lewis Hamilton and George Russell at +2500.

Hamilton represents one of the most interesting picks this week. He won the last five races on the Catalunya circuit and has another victory in 2014. All of these came after a front row start, but 2022 has been disappointing for the Mercedes driver. If he qualifies anywhere near the front, however, his 25/1 odds will take on a different perspective. Hamilton is listed at +3300 to win the pole.

Russell beat Hamilton to the line by three seconds last week and finished fifth to keep a perfect record of 2022 top-fives alive.

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Three-time W Series champ Jamie Chadwick joining Andretti in Indy NXT Series for 2023

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Jamie Chadwick, the three-time W Series champion, will drive for Andretti Autosport in the Indy NXT Series next season.

Chadwick will make her debut in an American racing series in March, driving the No. 28 for Andretti Autosport with sponsorship from DHL. The 24-year-old will become the first female driver in 13 years to compete full time in the Indy NXT championship.

Chadwick joined the female free-to-enter W Series in its inaugural 2019 season, winning two races and the first of three consecutive championships. She has been a reserve driver for the Williams Formula One team and will continue in that role in 2023. She also has driven in the Extreme E Series.

Despite her success, Chadwick hasn’t landed a bigger ride in F3 or F2, and her break didn’t come until Michael Andretti contacted her and offered a test in an Indy NXT car.

The final three races of this year’s W Series schedule were canceled when funding fell through, but Chadwick still believes the all-female series was the right path for her.

“W Series has always been and will continue to be an opportunity to be racing for every female driver, so for my side, I looked at it while perhaps I would have liked to step up maybe earlier, at the same time being able to have that chance to race, get that experience, have that development, seat time… I was constantly learning,” Chadwick told The Associated Press.

“In that sense, I wasn’t frustrated at all. But on the flip side of it, now I’ve had that experience testing in the United States in Indy NXT and this is something I’m really excited about.”

Chadwick also is expected to have an enhanced role as a development driver next season with Williams, which chose American driver Logan Sargeant to fill its open seat on next year’s F1 grid.

“Andretti Autosport is proud to be supporting Jamie alongside DHL,” said Michael Andretti. “Jamie’s successful career speaks for itself, but Indy NXT gives Jamie the opportunity to continue her development in a new type of racing.

“We’ve turned out five Indy NXT champions over the years and look forward to continuing our role in developing new talent.”

Indy NXT is the new name of the rebranded Indy Lights Series, the final step on the ladder system before IndyCar.

Andretti will field two drivers next season in IndyCar that were developed in Indy NXT: Kyle Kirkwood, the 2021 champion, will return to Andretti after one season in IndyCar driving for A.J. Foyt Racing, and Devlin DeFrancesco is back for a second season.

Chadwick will be teammates in Indy NXT with Hunter McElrea and Louis Foster. She becomes Andretti’s second full-time female driver alongside Catie Munnings, who competes for Andretti United in the Extreme E Series.