Formula 1: Who takes the Belgian GP?
Formula 1 reaches the 14th stage of this 2022 season at the traditional Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium. Check out what to expect from Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton and other drivers, as well as the best motorsport betting markets.
The Belgian GP
The Belgian Grand Prix has existed since 1925, but became part of the Formula 1 Calendar in 1950, when multi-champion Juan Manuel Fangio won the first GP.
The dispute at the time was on the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, and remained so until 1970. After that, the race took turns between Nivelles and Zolder, until returning to the traditional race track in 1983.
Since then, all Belgian GPs have taken place there. The country has only been out of Formula 1 in this period on two occasions, in 2003 and 2006. A situation that Kimi Raikkonen can regret, as he won in 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2009, therefore, he was dominant in the place. With two more races he could have become the biggest winner of Spa-Francorchamps.
The next Belgian GP is scheduled for Sunday (28/08).
Throughout the history of Formula 1, Michael Schumacher appears as the greatest winner of the Belgian race, with six triumphs. Soon after comes the Brazilian Ayrton Senna, who won on five occasions.
Among the active drivers, the highlight is Lewis Hamilton, who won in 2010, 2015, 2017 and 2020. He appears in 3rd place alongside Jim Clark and Kimi Raikkonen.
The Belgium stage is usually well disputed. Proof of this is that in the five recent seasons, there were four different winners.
However, some names deserve special mention. The first obviously is Lewis Hamilton. Even with a faster car in this period, he managed to reach the podium in all the last five races at Spa-Francorchamps.
Another driver who knows how to race well in Belgium is Max Verstappen. He has won one and finished 3rd in two of the last four races at the venue. The only time he has not been on the podium at this track was in 2019, when he was involved in an accident.
Ricciardo, Bottas, Vettel, Leclerc and Russell have also been in the top three over the years.
Betting on Formula 1
With competition so full of spotlights, Formula 1 also has many markets to bet on. Check out some of the most interesting options below.
Belgian GP victory
The most traditional bet in almost all events is who will be the winner, and in Formula 1 this is not very different.
For the Belgian GP the most quoted for this bet is Max Verstappen, with 1.83 to 1.00. The Dutchman is a good option both for the number of victories in the year, which are already 8, and also for his history on the circuit.
By this second criterion Lewis Hamilton also appears with chances, bringing 6.00 to 1.00. However, the Briton is yet to win this season.
In this way, Charles Leclerc is the second most quoted, with R$ 4.50. After all, the Ferrari driver is the second most victorious in the year, with three triumphs.
Running on the outside are Carlos Sainz (8.50), George Russell (11.00) and Sergio Perez (23.00). Any other name is very unlikely, as they were not even in the first two positions and give more than 201.00 to 1.00, like Fernando Alonso and Lando Norris.
Sports bookmakers also offer scenarios in which you point out who will be the best driver with the exception of Max Verstappen and even other participants. An interesting option to seek higher returns.
For the podium bet, the odds are usually released closer to the race, especially due to the training period and classification.
But some names already deserve special attention at this time. Max Verstappen is the most common bet, after all, he reached the podium in 10 of the 13 races in the season.
In addition to Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton also draws attention, as he has been in the top three places in all of the last five races. In total, the Briton achieved this feat on six occasions.
Sergio Perez and Carlos Sainz Jr also reached the podium in three stages, while Charles Leclerc and George Russell did it five times, which makes them also drivers on the radar.
Any other bet at the moment seems unlikely, as only one driver outside the top six has reached the podium. It was Lando Norris, with 3rd place in the United Arab Emirates.
This brings a dimension of how much other cars are behind Ferrari, Mercedes and RBR. Beating these teams is a very difficult mission. On the other hand, such a feat has much higher odds.
Another way is to bet on which drivers do not reach the podium, which can be done for all other participants with the exception of these three teams. The odds are lower, but the outcome is more likely.
The bet on the score follows the same idea and also usually has odds closer to the race. But here the chance of getting it right is even greater, as the first six basically just don’t stay in the top 10 when they leave the race.
The only exception is Lewis Hamilton, who once had a 13th place finish. However, the Mercedes driver has scored points in all the other 12 races he has contested. Briton’s companion, George Russell has also appeared in the top 10 on 12 occasions and usually has even better odds.
In the pack of the right names obviously it is not possible to pass up Max Verstappen, who scored points in 11 stages, Sergio Perez and Charles Leclerc, who reached them on 10 occasions. That’s why there are six drivers that need to be considered in the bet for the score.
In addition to the top 6 of the Championship, Lando Norris and Esteban Ocon are also present in the scoring zone. The two achieved this in 10 out of 13 races. But as they are from inferior cars, they bring higher odds.
Another name for this list is Fernando Alonso, who has scored points in eight of the last nine races and therefore deserves attention.
Another interesting bet for the Belgian GP is the winning car. As this has been especially between RBR and Ferrari, the guess should be between the two constructors.
On sports betting sites you can also bet on Formula 1 on who will have the best lap, whether there will be a safety car, a yellow flag, among many other scenarios.
In Formula 1, it is also possible to place future bets before each race. These markets are long-term: you choose the champion and wait until the end of the season to receive.
For the fight for the title, the favoritism is all with Max Verstappen. The driver has been dominant this season and already has a comfortable advantage for the 2nd place, which means that the conquest is well underway. Proof of this is that the Dutchman is the most rated, with 1.08 to 1.00.
However, if you prefer to bet on Charles Leclerc the return is 8.50. The Ferrari driver is the one who won the most in the season with the exception of Verstappen. However, the recent bad phase makes the odds for the title so high.
The seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton runs on the outside, paying 51.00. The Brit has evolved, but still has a car well below the RBR. Hamilton’s teammate George Russell is also quoted at 51.00. Anyone else is a big underdog, over 101.00 to 1.00.
Without Max Verstappen
With the race for the title closer to Max Verstappen, there is a special market before the Belgian GP to bet on who will be the best of the season with the exception of the Dutchman.
In this case, the most quoted is Charles Leclerc, with 1.61 to 1.00. The Ferrari driver for most of the season disputed the top with Verstappen until he started to have poor performances and moved away from the lead.
This situation gave hope to the other competitors. Lewis Hamilton, for example, comes in at odds of 6.00. The Brit is in 6th position in the championship, but is going through a good phase.
Still appearing in the fight are Sergio Perez (6.50), George Russell (9.00) and Carlos Sainz (9.00). But anyone else is unlikely in the competition, priced at 501.00.
The constructors dispute is even more open, after all, there are two cars scoring at the same time, which means that there is a greater possibility of reaction.
However, due to the performance of Max Verstappen, the title has everything to follow in the hands of Red Bull, which is quoted at 1.12 to 1.00.
The only competitors are Ferrari (7.00) and Mercedes (17.00), who have fewer victories but still appear close in the standings. Every other builder gives more than 3001.00 – absolute underdog.
2022 Formula 1 season
The 2022 Formula 1 season has seen Vestappen take off, but disputes for other positions are intense. Check out the rankings of drivers, manufacturers and recent performances.
Max Verstappen appears with a big break in the lead of the 2022 Formula 1 season. There have been eight wins and two podiums in 13 races so far. With that appears with 258 points. There is an impressive 80 advantage for the 2nd place, which means that he can be champion with three stages in advance.
The fight for 2nd place is fiercer. Charles Leclerc even has more wins, with three this season, and has 178 points. Just behind is Sergio Perez, with 173. The Mexican has only won one event, but has five second places.
In the next block are George Russell (158), Carlos Sainz Jr (156) and Lewis Hamilton (146). Of these, only the Spaniard has won this year.
Driven mainly by the performance of Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing appears at the top of the constructors’ standings, with 431 points.
The team has as opponents Ferrari, which has 334, and Mercedes, with 304. The other participants have not even reached 100 so far.
Dominant since the start of the season, Max Verstappen has experienced an even more special phase in recent races. The Dutchman won the GP in France and Hungary and is looking for his third victory in a row.
The RBR driver celebrates mainly because rival Charles Leclerc lost pace. Ferrari’s number 1 only reached the podium in one of the eight recent stages. Although with better numbers than Leclerc, Sergio Pérez has not been following Vestappen either.
Already a highlight of these last races is Lewis Hamilton. That’s because despite not having a good championship, behind Ferrari, RBR and his teammate, the Briton has shown evolution. After all, he has been on the podium in all of the last five races. Something that no other pilot has achieved in this period.
George Russell has also followed this good phase and comes from two third places.
How to follow the Belgian GP
The Belgian GP starts on Friday (8/26) with free practice at 9am and 12pm, both broadcast by Band Sports. On Saturday (8/27), at 8 am, there’s another free training stage, also live on Band Sports.
Following on Saturday, at 11 am, there will be qualifying training broadcast by Band. The race takes place on Sunday (28/8), at 10 am, also on the same channel.
You can also follow this schedule through F1 TV.
Why bet on Formula 1?
Formula 1 is the great attraction of motorsport and brings a very wide market. Therefore, you can resort to different betting options for each race.
In addition, you can see that Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton are consistently performing, which makes them interesting opportunities to keep an eye on.