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Formula 1 Picks: Verstappen Favored to Win the 2022 Belgian Grand Prix
Updated August 9, 2022
The 2022 Formula 1 season is taking a well-earned break, but before you know it, the racing will have started again, so we’re already planning ahead by bringing you our 2022 Belgian Grand Prix betting picks.
Yes, the 2022 Formula 1 season is currently on its summer break. But when it comes back at the end of the month, all eyes will be on Max Verstappen and his bid to become a double world champion.
So far this season, Verstappen has won eight of the thirteen races. Verstappen now has a 70 points lead over Charles Leclerc in the driver’s championship, meaning with just nine races to go the Dutchman is in charge of the world championship, and it’s effectively his to lose.
This is reflected in the Formula 1 odds to be the 2022 World Champion. In this market, Verstappen is now -1200 to make it back-to-back world titles with Bovada. His closest betting rival with the best Formula 1 betting sites is Charles Leclerc, who the Vegas odds setters have at +800. The rest can effectively be forgotten about. Lewis Hamilton is the third driver in the betting, and he is a massive +4000 to add to his seven world titles.
The 2022 drivers world championship is a two-horse race!
2022 Belgian GP: All You Need To Know
The 2022 Belgian Grand Prix is Round 14 of the 2022 drivers championship. The race is to be held at the world-famous Spa circuit, the scene of many major incidents and controversies over the years.
The circuit is just over 7km long, the longest on the F1 schedule. It has 20 turns, and being such a lengthy course it has long straights, great for overtaking, making the circuit a favorite with both fans and drivers.
What; 2022 Belgian Grand Prix
Where; Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot, Belgium
When; Sunday, August 28th, 2022
Time; 9 am ET
Practice starts on Friday, August 26th and along with qualifying continues across the weekend. A 3pm local time start on Sunday for the race means no lie-in for us in the ET Zone, with the race starting at 9am stateside.
Last year’s winner was Max Verstappen. But that doesn’t tell half the story. Verstappen was in Pole Position and was the lead driver. But such was the appalling conditions due to torrential rain, the race only lasted 2 laps, and they were behind the safety car.
The race was stopped on lap 3 and never restarted. All this meant the drivers’ positions were determined by where they were at the end of lap 1, meaning Verstappen was awarded the win. In the end, only half the championship points were awarded, meaning Verstappen only received 12.5 of the 25 he would have received had he won over the 44 scheduled laps.
Who is the Favorite to win the 2022 Belgian Grand Prix?
Yes, no surprise again, it’s Max Verstappen at -120. The Dutchman has gone odds on for this race with the best online betting sites. He’s usually just on the other side of even money, but having won eight from thirteen races this season, Verstappen has a win ratio well above 50%, so even betting at -120 all season would see you in profit.
The reason his odds have dropped to below +100 may be down to the poor showing from Ferrari in Hungary. The Italian team was expected to perform well at the Hungaroring, but instead finished fourth (Sainz Jr) and sixth (Leclerc).
Ahead of Hungary, Verstappen was +120, with Leclerc at +150. For Spa, Verstappen is -120, and Leclerc is +300. That’s a decent shift in the odds.
It’s getting to the point where making F1 picks is running the risk of the website being penalized for plagiarism by Google, as the same person is just getting tipped up every week.
Max Verstappen -120
But how can Verstappen be looked past? As we’ve already alluded to, he’s won eight from thirteen this season, and he’s around the even money mark. Max Verstappen just has to be a Formula 1 pick for the 2022 Belgian Grand Prix.
What about elsewhere? Let’s try and find some value in the market.
Lewis Hamilton +600
Could it be time for Lewis Hamilton to win a Grand Prix in 2022? Hamilton is +600, and in his last five races, he has been 3, 3, 3, 2, 2. I know we’re expecting another win for Verstappen and his Red Bull. But if things go wrong for the Dutchman, who will be on hand to pick up the scraps?
I don’t think Hamilton beats Verstappen in a straight fight. But if the Red Bull does suffer a mishap, the seven times world champion could now be the driver best equipped to capitalize. Lewis Hamilton may be worth an outside wager to win.
Alternatively, a wager on two Mercedes drivers to finish on the podium could be good value. George Russell hasn’t had a bad season, and at times has outperformed his legendary teammate. There are no odds available for this market just yet, but when they are, this could be a bet worth taking a punt on with Russel’s recent record showing finishes of 3, 3, and 4.
Two Mercedes Drivers To Finish In Top 3 At Belgian GP
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