Saturday, 10 July 2021

Pitlane Punt: The Merc Merk (closed)

 The Merc Merk: play this Pitlane Punt


"Merk." Street slang. Definition? To kill someone, taken from the word 'mercenary'. Since popularised in a more metaphorical sense by grime star Stormzy.

When will Mercedes merk Valtteri Bottas? When will they do away with their troubled number two driver? Not literally, obviously.

Bet that the Mercedes F1 team will drop Valtteri Bottas any time in the next three months. Read on to play this Punt.

Currently being played by:

  • HAASN'T A CHANCE (result at the Mexico grand prix* or earlier)
  • LockedDown Losers (result at the Mexico grand prix* or earlier)
  • Panda Pops (result at the Brazil grand prix^ or earlier)
  • Pierre Ghastly (result at the Mexico grand prix* or earlier)
  • VroomDoom (result at the Mexico grand prix* or earlier)
    * was USA, but is now Mexico due to calendar changes
    ^ was Mexico, but is now Brazil due to calendar changes

The bet:

  • Bet on the Mercedes team dropping Valtteri Bottas in the next three months.
  • This could be a mid-season sacking, or a confirmation that he won't be racing with them in 2022.
The odds:
  • 2:1 odds (dropping all the time!)
The stake:

  • Up to 50 of your Losers Points


  • If your bet was 2:1 odds with a 50-point stake, and in August Mercedes announce Bottas will be replaced by, er, Sergey Sirotkin, you'll get back your 50-point stake plus winnings of 100 points


  • At the moment your Punt is submitted, this bet will apply to the next three calendar months


  • The result will be announced in the scores for the grand prix following this Punt's three-month window, where your stake will be paid or your winnings given.

Use this form to place your bet (or email us). The League reserves the right to change the terms of this Punt without notice. There are other active Pitlane Punts. See them here.