Formula1 Belgium: Round 13 Preview and Best Bets

Eric Kelly

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 8:32 PM UTC

Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019 8:32 PM UTC

Expect Some Exciting Racing At The World Famous Spa Track!

<div><h2>Preview</h2><p>The Formula1 circus is back on the road after a three-week break to mark the halfway point of the season. There has been one big news story since I last wrote and article. This news has come as a surprise but not really a shock if you follow Formula1.</p><p>Red Bull have demoted Pierre Gasly down to their second team (Toro Rosso) and promoted Alex Albon to the Red Bull team. His performances just weren’t up to scratch. This will be Albon’s chance to prove himself with the big boys in the F1 paddock.</p><p>We ended the first half of the season with a nice bit of profit. Currently sitting on +48.76 units of profit. This big margin of profit is largely down to the fact we finished up the last four races before the summer break in profit. Funny enough the only races we seem to profit from are the exciting races.</p><p>When nothing happens in the race and its very boring to watch we tend to end the weekend minus units, so hopefully we will have some more exciting races on our hands in the second half of the season.</p><p>Going into the second half of the season Lewis Hamilton tops the overall standings on 250 points, ahead oh Valtteri Bottas in second with 188 and a close third is Max Verstappen on 181. Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc sit in fourth and fifth respectively, although they will be disappointed to be behind a Red Bull driver.</p><h2> </h2><h2>Key Stats &amp; Facts</h2><p>· The Belgium GP in Spa is one of the most iconic races on the Formua1 calendar and a very popular track amongst fans and drivers. The weather is very unpredictable and often rains a lot, sometimes only on certain parts of the track. This can cause great difficulty for the tyre choice of the drivers and makes it exciting for race viewers and spectators.</p><p>· Its also one of the longest tracks on the circuit, with a lap distance of 7.004 kilometres, the race will only be 44 laps long. Most other races are between 60 and 70 laps.</p><p>· If Verstappen sets the fastest lap in the race, he will be the first driver all season to set the fastest lap for three races in a row.</p><p>· There has been on average 4 DNFs in the previous five races at Spa.</p><p> </p><h2>Betting Odds</h2><p>· Lewis Hamilton 6/4</p><p>· Charles Leclerc 3/1</p><p>· Sebastian Vettel 7/2</p><p>· Valtteri Bottas 13/2</p><p>· Max Verstappen 8/1</p><p>· Alex Albon 500/1</p><p>· Rest of Field 1000/1+</p><p> </p><h2>Verdict</h2><p>I am a little confused as to why the Ferrari drivers are such short prices coming off the season break, something fishy is up with this and I’m not biting. They have not won a race all season long. I must advise anybody betting the Ferraris this weekend to be very cautious and thread carefully. Its not to say they won't win or haven’t a chance but at these short prices I don’t want any part to play.</p><p>The Mercedes have been dominant all season long and I’ll be surprised if they don’t keep up that trend on Sunday. I like the value on Finish driver Valtteri Bottas, he is fighting for his spot in Mercedes at the minute with some bad results recently. I do like the fact he finished 4th here last season and set the fastest lap of the race after starting from 17th on the grid. This was because he received a penalty for exceeding his quota of power unit elements. If he can start in the top three this year, he has every chance to snatch that badly needed win.</p><p>Young Dutch driver max Verstappen must be respected. He has set the fastest lap in three of the last four races and won two of those four races also. He seems to be coming into form at the right time of the season and in my opinion is the best river on the grid at the minute. Verstappen to finish on the podium at 3.00 (2/1) looks like a safe bet coming back from the winter break.</p><p>I found an absolute steal of a price this weekend. Under 17.5 finishers (in other words four cars not to finish the race) is available at amazing odds of 13/8. I would have expected this to be in around 10/11. Spa is a difficult track to survive at the best of times, never mind when it starts to rain. When we consider there has been on average four DNFs over the previous five races, this puts us right on track to win this bet.</p><p> </p><h2>Recommended Bets</h2><p><a href=";a=8ec6399a-9df1-4c52-b272-39e6428836a6&amp;f=1" target="_blank"><em>Valtteri Bottas 8.00 (7/1) with Betfair 1 unit each way</em></a></p><p><a href=";a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" target="_blank"><em>Max Verstappen podium finish 3.00 (2/1) with Bet365 1 unit</em></a></p><p><em>Under 17.5 cars to finish the race 2.63 (13/8) with Sky Bet 2 unit</em></p><h2> </h2><h2>Recommended Fun Bets for Interest</h2><p><em>First car retirement Toro Rosso 7.50 (13/2) with Sky Bet 0.5 unit</em></p><p><em>Straight forecast Hamilton/Vettel 6.50 (11/2) with Sky Bet 0.5 unit</em></p></div>
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