We share free picks and odds as Formula 1 returns on August 23 with the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps in Spa, Belgium.
Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari ended Mercedes’ seven-race winning streak after a commanding performance at the Hungarian Grand Prix. It was Vettel's 41st career win, tying him for third all-time with Ayrton Senna. The podium was Vettel, Daniil Kyvat and Daniel Ricciardo. It was the first ever podium for Kyvat, the first podium of the year for Red Bull and the first double podium for Red Bull since September, 2014.
Formula 1 returns from the summer break with the Belgian Grand Prix. Here is a look at the odds for this event.
Lewis Hamilton is the clear favorite in this race. He has -200 odds at bet365. Other short odds to win are Nico Rosberg (+225) and Sebastian Vettel (+1100).
This race will take place at the Circuit Spa-Francorchamps in Spa, Belgium on Sunday, August 23 at 8:00 AM ET. The Spa-Francorchamps is one of the oldest circuits on the current Formula 1 calendar, hosting its first grand prix in 1925.
The Spa-Francorchamps is known and respected as one of the most challenging circuits in the world. A proof of this is the fact that just six drivers have won the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps more than twice: Juan Manual Fangio and Damon Hill (three wins), Jim Clark and Kimi Raikkonen (four wins), Ayrton Senna (five times) and Michael Schumacher (six times). This circuit has a mix of long straights and fast corners and both drivers and fans love it because it combines those traits with a picturesque setting and a changeable weather.
Race distance: 44 laps (308.052 km)
Start time: 8:00 AM ET
Circuit length: 7.004km
2014 winner: Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull-Renault); 44 laps in 1:24:36.556
2014 pole: Nico Rosberg (Mercedes); 2:05.591
Lap record: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull); 1:47.263
Favorites to Win
Lewis Hamilton won this race in 2010 but he was forced to retire from last year’s Belgian Grand Prix after colliding with Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg going into Les Combes. The collision punctured Hamilton’s tyre and damaged Rosberg’s front wing. Mercedes would later deem the incident as Rosberg’s fault.
Hamilton currently leads the F1 Driver Standings with 202 points, he has won five races this year but he is coming off a sixth place finish at the Hungarian Grand Prix, his worst result this season.
Nico Rosberg has never won this race. He is second in the standings, 21 points behind Hamilton. Rosberg has three wins this year and he is also coming off his worst finish in 2015 (8th place in Hungary). He finished second at the Belgian Grand Prix last year.
Sebastian Vettel has won this race two times. He is third in the standings with 160 points, 42 points out of first. Vettel has two wins this year and he has finished in the top 5 in every race. He finished fifth in this race last season and he has momentum on his side, which makes him a value sports pick to win this year.
Top Valued Longshot
Daniel Ricciardo won this race last year and he is at +12500 betting odds to repeat his performance from 2014, when he started from fifth position to earn his second consecutive win.
Ricciardo is seventh in the standings with 51 points, he has no wins this year and his best finish in 2015 was third place at the Hugarian Grand Prix.
Betting Odds for Other Notable Drivers
Fourth on the list of favorites to win the Belgian Grand Prix is Kimi Raikkonen at +1400, followed by Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas at +4000. As mentioned above, Daniel Ricciardo is at +12500 and Daniil Kvyat rounds-out the top eight favorites also at +12500.
Updated Odds to Win 2015 Formula 1 Drivers' Championship
Lewis Hamilton -500
Nico Rosberg +450
Sebastian Vettel +1400