Belgium F1 GP Auto Racing
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands steers his car during the second practice session prior to the Formula One Grand Prix at the Spa-Francorchamps racetrack in Spa, Belgium, Friday, Aug. 27, 2021. The Belgian Formula One Grand Prix will take place on Sunday. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

F1 Racing: Belgian Grand Prix Best Bets

After a four-week break in the world of F1 racing, the 20 constructors and 40 drivers are back on the grid at the challenging Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in the 2021 Belgian Grand Prix. This track has been especially torturous over the years, from its terrain to its wild twists and turns, like the infamous Eau Rouge bend on the course that haunts even the best drivers. However, there are certain drivers who excel at this 44-lap contest because of the unique track format, so don’t be surprised if the podium looks different this weekend than it normally has this season. Much like in the qualifying races, expect to see pandemonium as we attempt to safely journey through this one.

 



Max Verstappen to Win (-150)
Following a disappointing ninth place performance in Hungary, Red Bull and Max Verstappen are tuned up for this one as he looks to take back first place position in the F1 Drivers Championship. While the Mercedes constructors and Lewis Hamilton have had massive success during their tenure, Max has proven to be the quickest guy among the pack with his daring display behind the wheel. Max earned pole position on the grid in an exhilarating qualifying session, making it the first time in 10 years at Spa since Red Bull held that spot and it will certainly help for tomorrow. With some shaky weather in the forecast, it is important that he gets out ahead in case of a possible pile up. The odds of a safety car being in this one is heavily favored at -350. After posting the fastest lap during qualifying, Max displayed his hunger for his first victory at Spa in a race that he desperately needs. At a course Lewis has dominated throughout his career, Max Verstappen has been retired twice in the last four years at Spa but has steadily improved where last year he placed third there. He has put himself in a position where he can finally overcome the great Lewis Hamilton to secure his first World Drivers’ Championship, and I believe he’ll take another step in that direction on Sunday.         

George Russell Top 6 Finish (+250)
In a prop that is more risky but has juicy value, I think Williams’ driver George Russell is likely to place in the top six for this grand prix. Even after showing off his quickness abilities and earning the front row, I find these odds to be quite surprising for Russell to finish in the top six, and I intend to take advantage. George is the next big thing in Formula 1, which is why Mercedes is snagging him off their junior team to drive next year alongside Lewis Hamilton. Although he is a young driver on one of the worst teams in F1, during an electric spectacle on Saturday, against all odds George qualified second on the grid for Sunday’s grand prix. It looks like he will try to go out with a bang in his last season with Williams as he attempts to keep this hot streak alive. Barring any catastrophes during tomorrow, I expect Russell to find the right balance between pushing the car to its best performance while maintaining a sustainable level of aggressiveness for a high placement.          

Lando Norris Top 6 Finish (+145)
For the last play in this match, team McLaren’s Lando Norris looks to bounce back after his scary crash Saturday morning on the Eau Rouge curve. Norris spiraled out of control on the wet surface and will be at the 10th position on the starting grid. Prior to crashing during the third qualifying race, in the second qualifier Lando posted the fastest time of the contest and was on his way to pole position for Sunday. While Lando has had an outstanding season and is currently in third position for the Drivers’ Championship in points, he has virtually zero chance to actually win the championship. That doesn’t mean he won’t be going all out, especially since he was DNF last time out in Hungary. After last race, he’ll definitely have to keep in mind how things went in a chaotic victory by Alpine’s Esteban Ocon. Being the third ranked driver all season, who arguably runs this track the quickest is good enough for me. I can’t wait to sit back and watch this bet slam by a smooth performance by Norris.     

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