Max Verstappen prohibitively favored in PointsBet odds for 2022 Canadian Grand Prix

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After winning five of the first eight rounds of the 2022 Formula 1 season, Max Verstappen is this week’s overwhelming PointsBet Sportsbook odds favorite to win the 2022 Canadian Grand Prix.

This week, Verstappen has minus odds of -260, which means the only way a bettor can be successful with this wager is to find someone willing to take the opposite side. Part of the reason for Verstappen’s minus line is because will lead the field to green on Sunday.

Because of the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, the Canadian Grand Prix has not been run since 2019 and in that race, Verstappen scored one of three top-fives in five starts at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. His best finish of third came in 2018.

Carlos Sainz Jr. is ranked second this week with a line of +540. He has stood on the podium four times in the first eight rounds with a pair of second-place finishes in Bahrain and Monte Carlo as his highwater mark. The best Sainz has finished in Canda is eighth, however. That top-10 came in 2018 and he also has a ninth-place finish from 2016. Sainz qualified third for the race.

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 Sainz is $5.40 for the race. For bettors more comfortable with fractional odds, a bet of +300 is the same as 3/1.

Starting on the outside pole, Fernando Alonso is listed at +1300. Alonso has made 16 starts on this track with one win coming back in 2006. He has not finished in the top 10 in his last four attempts, however, and was running at the end of only one of those races.

Charles Leclerc is ranked fourth at +2000. He has two Canadian Grands Prix to his credit and finished on the podium once in 2019. Leclerc won two of the first three races this season, but failed to stand on the podium in his last three starts. Leclerc did make a qualification attempt after going out in the first group since he was already facing a 10-place grid penalty for changing his engine.

Ranked fifth this week is Lewis Hamilton at +2200. Hamilton earned a podium finish in the season-opening race in Bahrain and has not finished that well in 2022 since. He came close last week in Azerbaijan with a fourth, however. Hamilton has seven Canadian GP wins to his credit, including four of the last five. He is the most recent winner on this track in 2019 when he finished 3.658 seconds ahead of Sebastian Vettel.

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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.