Formula One returns from the summer break with the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa. Our F1 expert has previewed the action and gives his best sports bets below.
Hamilton looks primed for another strong Spa showing
Lewis Hamilton sits 24 points clear at the top of the Drivers standings and he has fond memories of the Belgian track with two wins in the last three years, while the other, in 2016, featured one of his greatest ever drives reaching a podium finish despite starting from 21st on the grid.
He comes into this year’s race in a stronger position than last year and he’ll be hoping the next month or so will cement his stranglehold on the championship in a similar vein to last year when a win in Spa was followed by three further wins in a row.
The British driver is 6/4 for a third Grand Prix win.
Pressure on Vettel to keep in touch
Thee’s no doubt that the pressure is firmly on Sebastian Vettel, the 24 point difference between him and Hamilton looks much harder to overhaul than the 14 point gap of last season.
To add, Hamilton usually comes into his own at this time of the season with the summer break seemingly refreshing his mind.
Vettel will take heart from the fact that the undulating seven kilometre track is perfectly suited to his Ferrari, which now clearly has better straight line speed than the Mercedes.
The German is the 5/4 favourite for a third win in Belgium.
All set for another title rival showdown
Unfortunately for the outsiders, I think the betting suggests where the winner is going to come from here. Vettel and Hamilton, as the Driver standings suggest, are a fair way ahead of their rivals this season and I expect that to continue in Spa.
Realistically, if Hamilton wins here, then it will be very difficult for his German rival to overhaul him and I think the added motivation will see Vettel over the line.
The German’s Ferrari is very well suited to the demands of the Spa track and its superior straight line speed could prove crucial.