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Belgian Grand Prix Preview: Seb’s Spa Weekend

Belgian Grand Prix Preview: Seb’s Spa Weekend


Formula One returns to the fans and drivers favourite track, the iconic Spa Francorchamps in the boundaries of the municipality of Stavelot, deep in the forests of Belgium.

Lauded for its undulating flow and array of challenging corners, Spa, never fails to meet our lofty expectations and always leaves us wanting more.

Lewis Hamilton will be desperate to get back into the cockpit after three weeks off in which he has had time to reflect on what could prove to be a costly decision to hand third place back to his team-mate Valtteri Bottas during the final lap of the Hungarian Grand Prix prior to the break.

As morally correct as that may have appeared at the time, if Hamilton loses the world title by three points, then foolish it will surely be.

However, as it stands, Hamilton trails his rival Sebastian Vettel by fourteen points anyway as the season reconvenes and Hamilton must get back to the top step of the podium, and fast if he is to avoid another season of disappointment.

Despite there seemingly being little to choose between both the Ferrari of Vettel and Hamilton’s Mercedes, Hamilton is favourite for the race at 20/31 with us but the Ferrari man offers more value at 4/1 with comeon.com.

Like Hamilton, Vettel has won at Spa twice although Mercedes have edged it recently at the track with back to back wins, but the twisty mid-sector could play into Ferrari’s hands.

Red Bull’s teenage sensation Max Verstappen was a whisker away from Pole in last year’s qualifying but for Nico Rosberg to pip him to the post.

Verstappen’s race was eventful as an incident at the start ended his hopes of victory as he finished the race a distant 11th.

However, the Red Bulls have gone well here in recent years and Verstappen for a podium finish is a very respectable 2/1 with us. For the braver punter, then Max is 20/1 to get the win which is a decent outside bet.

With teams and drivers so cautious of tyre wear, long gone are the days when a driver would steam off into the distance to win by as much as possible.

A three-second win is comfortable enough without having to push the car too much and Comeon.com offer 1/1 that the winning margin in Belgium will be under five seconds, that looks a great bet as tyre preservation is key.

Looking further down the grid, and Mclaren had somewhat of a mini revival in Hungary last time out, Fernando Alonso’s sixth place and team mate Stoffel Vandoorne’s tenth place made it a double points finish for the once dominant British outfit.

Alonso can be backed at 4/1 to repeat his top six finish with us, however, Spa is a completely different style of track to the Hungaroring and a top six looks unlikely.

Alonso at 2/3 to make the top ten looks a more realistic bet but Vandoorne’s price of 49/20 to sneak into the points once more could just prove to be the bet of the weekend.


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