Belgian Grand Prix Predictions & Betting Odds - Formula One Preview

Belgian Grand Prix Predictions & Betting Odds - Formula One Preview

Belgian Grand Prix Predictions & Betting Odds - Formula One Preview

The big news from Spa Francorchamps is the appointment of Estaban Ocon, last seen in a Racing Point during the 2018 season, to Renault starting in 2020. That means the French team have dropped the 2015 Le Mans winner, Nico Hulkenberg, who has gone 168 F1 race starts without standing on the podium.

Red Bull have played some more immediate musical chairs promoting Alex Albon from sister team, Toro Rosso, and technically demoting Pierre Gasly who had to vacate his Red Bull seat and head back to the lowly Italian outfit.

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Racing Point could enjoy a Stroll in the Belgian park

Before the year is out there’s likely to be more driver movements but, as his father owns the team, Canadian Lance Stroll should be safe at Racing Point. In fact this team could enjoy one of their best race weekend’s in Belgium this week.

During the season Silverstone-based team, formerly labelled Force India, have struggled.  They have explained away their woes on ‘balance issues’ but that’s something which should not affect them too badly on Sunday as Spa Francorchamps has an enormous straights, lots of high-speed sections and little cornering.  

In fact, not only will the lack of cornering be in its favour, long straights will be massively helpful.  The last time Racing Point encountered a circuit with long straights was Baku and on that occasion Sergio Perez qualified in fifth and finished sixth. Given the team have historically enjoyed strong results in Belgium, the Mexican driver is a strong fancy for a ‘points finish’ (top-10) at a whopping +250 (3.50) with Betway Sports.

Safety Car? No thanks 

Elsewhere a ‘No’ Safety car scenario is enormous play. The Safety Car has been used five times in this season’s 12 races. Given the rain that fell on Germany (and removing that one from the equation), it is just four from 11 on a ‘green track’ and a ‘green track’ is what we have forecast on Sunday.  

In fact, the weather is likely to be cool which could and should help prevent side-of-the-track breakdowns due to dreaded over-heating. While I conceded it has been historically needed here in the past, the current crop of drivers are better than any other at keeping their cars facing the right direction with all four wheels attached.

Recommended Belgian Grand Prix Bets:

  • Points Finish: Sergio Perez at +250 (3.50) with Betway
  • Safety Car: No at +175 (2.75) with bet365

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