Alex Palou back at Ganassi; Felix Rosenqvist returning to McLaren for 2023 IndyCar season


After months of speculation on their futures in the NTT IndyCar Series, Alex Palou and Felix Rosenqvist both were announced as returning to their respective teams next season.

Palou will drive the No. 10 Dallara-Honda at Chip Ganassi Racing, and Rosenqvist will return with Arrow McLaren SP in a ride that Palou originally seemed ticketed for after signing with the team. In an interview before Sunday’s season finale, McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown had indicated strongly that Rosenqvist likely would return, and Palou also hinted that he would be back at Ganassi.

That led to a contract dispute with Ganassi, which had picked up an option on Palou for next season. After two months of wrangling (which included the team suing Palou), a resolution was reached and announced by both sides Wednesday morning. The two sides had entered into mediation after the lawsuit was filed.

“Alex Palou will remain in the No. 10 car with Chip Ganassi Racing for the 2023 IndyCar season. The agreement affords him the opportunity to test cars in separate racing series, provided that it does not directly conflict with his IndyCar commitments. As always, we will support Alex as he seeks a second series championship with the team.”

In a series of tweets that also thanked team owner Chip Ganassi and managing director Mike Hull, Palou said he would be allowed to remain a Formula One test driver with McLaren. In its release, McLaren said Palou was testing its 2021 car. The McLaren test is in Barcelona and also includes O’Ward.

Rosenqvist will return for a third consecutive season with McLaren’s IndyCar team, joining O’Ward and Alexander Rossi (who was signed by McLaren after seven seasons with Andretti Autosport).

“There’s no better way to enter the offseason than with this news,” Rosenqvist said in a release. “I love this team, and I’m so happy to continue working with all the incredible people I’ve gotten to know over the past two seasons. With everything the team has in the pipeline, the continuing relationship with Pato and the addition of (Alexander) Rossi, we are going to bring our A-game for 2023. It will be the most exciting season for me so far. Let it be March already.”

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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