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F1 Belgian Grand Prix Preview, Odds Guide & Betting Tips
The Formula One paddock return from their summer break with much at stake at this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix, writes Nick (Race: Sunday, 13:00 BST, live on Channel 4 / Sky Sports F1).
Ferrari struck back after a four-race winless streak to secure a one-two finish a month ago in Hungary, with Sebastian Vettel leading home his teammate Kimi Raikkonen. It was not, however, an entirely comfortable win, as Vettel had some steering difficulties and was grateful to Raikkonen for providing an effective defence from the chasing pack.
Mercedes came home third and fourth, with Valtteri Bottas taking the final podium place ahead of Lewis Hamilton. The German marque continue to lead in the Constructors’ Championship, but in the drivers’ standings, victory for Vettel saw him extend his lead over Hamilton to 14 points with nine races remaining.
The first of those is this weekend’s event at Spa-Franchochamps – a track that provides the season’s longest lap and which is a perennial favourite among the drivers. Many of them have spoken of their love for the circuit in the build-up to the Grand Prix and most are excited to see how this year’s faster cars handle corners such as Eau Rouge and Pouhon.
Spa is usually a circuit at which certain drivers thrive, and no-one on the current grid has won there more often than Raikkonen. The Finnish driver secured four wins in a five-race period between 2004 and 2009 and also achieved a podium finish with Lotus in 2012. Recent races in Belgium haven’t gone quite as well for him, but he showed the pace is still there by out-qualifying Vettel last year.
On paper, Mercedes should be expected to have a slight edge over Ferrari this weekend but with the possibility of rain, which is currently forecast for Sunday’s race, it is difficult to get a proper handle on which of the two teams will provide the winning driver this weekend. But with the confidence boost of a one-year extension to his contract behind him, Raikkonen can be expected to secure Ferrari a podium finish.
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Red Bull were a bit closer to the two front-runners in Hungary, but their chances of a top-three finish dissipated when Max Verstappen ran into the side of teammate Daniel Ricciardo on the first lap, ending the Australian’s race and compromising his own with a time penalty. He recovered to finish fifth.
Fernando Alonso secured McLaren’s best result of the season to date, coming home sixth and setting the fastest lap of the race in a strong showing at a circuit where engine performance wasn’t a primary concern. His teammate Stoffel Vandoorne finished 10th, while Carlos Sainz similarly benefited to bring his Toro Rosso home seventh. But at a power-based track, a repeat is unlikely for either team this weekend.
Indeed, history suggests that Sainz may not even get to the end of Sunday’s race. The Spanish driver has failed to finish in each of his two previous visits to Spa-Franchochamps, with a power unit failure in 2015 followed by puncture damage last year. He has four non-finishes to his name so far this season, three of which were collisions, while between him and teammate Daniil Kyvat, there have been four retirements due to mechanical issues.
At a circuit where first-lap incidents are common, where power units are strained and where rain is always a strong possibility, backing Sainz not to finish seems a solid bet.
Force India secured a double points finish in Hungary, with Sergio Perez coming in ahead of Esteban Ocon in eighth and ninth, and they can again be expected to score well in Belgium. It was at Spa-Franchochamps that the team achieved their sole pole position and best finish to date with a second place for Giancarlo Fisichella back in 2009, and they have continued to perform strongly at the circuit, with at least one points-scoring finish each year since.
Sergio Perez followed home then teammate Nico Hulkenberg to a fifth-place finish in Belgium last year, repeating his result from the year before. The Mexican driver already has three top-six finishes to his credit this season and can be fancied to secure another on Sunday.
Our Preview’s F1 Belgian Grand Prix Betting Tips Verdict
- Bet on Kimi Raikkonen to finish in the top three @ 6/5 with SkyBet.
- Back Carlos Sainz not to finish @ best odds of 2/1 with Ladbrokes.
- Expect Sergio Perez to finish in the top six @ 11/8 with Bet365 or Stan James.