Formula 1 has entered a mini-break period with three weeks until the next race at Singapore’s Marina Bay Street Circuit. The floodlit circuit will be used for the first time since 2019 as Covid-19 has seen the last two scheduled races here cancelled.
There has been a total of 21 safety car deployments in twelve races at the venue – no race has been trouble-free. Each one – a 100% record – has needed safety car intervention at some point.
So, will this recognized car breaker – primarily because of its wall-lined nature – prevent Max Verstappen from winning his sixth consecutive race? The bookmakers say he is 2/5 (1.40) to win it, in theory, that means he is 5/2 not to take the race. However, those looking to bet on Max should keep an eye on the Betfair Exchange where he’s currently trading at a much bigger 4/6 (1.63).
In five attempts Verstappen has claimed a second and a third, but he has never won at the Southeast Asian City State. If that were to change on October 2nd, the Dutch driver could theoretically claim the World Title in record-breaking time. That record being: with five races still to go.
Points Make Prizes
The Red Bull driver currently has a 116-point lead over second-placed Charles Leclerc. If he can extend that advantage to 138 points over all rivals by the end of the Singapore Grand Prix, he will have an unassailable lead and will be crowned champion for a second consecutive year.
But this is not the only record the 24-year-old is chasing. Verstappen also has his sights on claiming the most race victories in a season. The current record of 13 wins in a season is held by Germans Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel.
But with six races left, Verstappen needs to win just three races to become the outright record holder. It must be pointed out that Vettel achieved his 13 wins during a 19-race season. Schumacher set the mark in 2004 when 18 races were on the roster.
Is Nine Straight Possible?
A third record could also tumble. In 2013 Sebastian Vettel won nine consecutive races. Success in Singapore followed by Japan, Texas and Mexico would see Verstappen match that winning sequence.
Will it be matched? Could it be bettered? With a three-week gap between races, the best online F1 betting sites are sure to devise betting markets for all of these scenarios. Whatever the odds, Verstappen is clearly a man on a mission. And with the chief rival, Ferrari, continuing to make mistakes, there must be a strong chance at least one new record is set.
* Betting odds correct at the time of publication. All odds are subject to changes.