Formula 1: Dutch GPIt’s race week again in the hectic Formula 1 calendar, and we are in for some great entertainment. Since the Monaco GP did not offer more overtaking action for the spectators, we will see if drivers manage to pull some overtaking after the new regulations changes making it easier for cars to follow closely. One might point out that turn one might be the hunting grounds for most. 

What did we learn from the previous race?

Dominant Red Bull 

It was evident that Red Bull is the fastest car on the field; when Max Verstappen managed to get pole position by eight tenths. This comes after regulation changes that were supported by Mercedes with the aim to close the performance gap between the two cars. Seems like the changes only made the Red Bull grow wings – just like the advert goes. Max Verstappen started the race in 14th place after taking new components that relegated him to that starting position despite being on pole. By the opening few laps, he managed to climb up to eighth place, thanks to some incidents and the Alpha Tauri pair starting from the pit lane. Confidence is oozing through the Dutch driver, and the next race is his home race; expect a lot of orange in the grandstands. 

Ferrari struggles

Well, if the recovery from Max Verstappen was impressive, Charles Leclerc’s surge from the bottom half of the grid was less impressive. The final few laps culminated in what Ferrari has been up to this year, incoherent and, one might say, now doubting their ability to fight for race wins. A gamble for the fastest lap at the end for Charles Leclerc was poorly judged as Fernando Alonso managed to jump Leclerc for half a lap; the attempt at the fastest lap did not come to fruition, and in the process, the Monegasque driver got a time penalty for speeding in the pitlane demoting him to sixth. Where to next for Ferrari [Question]

Mercedes See Sawing 

Mercedes have work to do as Red Bull, and Ferrari seems to be uncatchable on raw speed, with most of their podiums coming from reliability issues from the top two teams promoting them into those high point yielding position. There are races that Mercedes close the gap and get you thinking that they might be on the up, but then the next race, they slump once again. When we say slump, it’s because we are used to seeing Mercedes at the top step each race. Lewis Hamilton had his first retirement of the season after a collision on the opening lap with Fernando Alonso, who did not mince his words on the radio when asked about the contact. George Russel finished a fourth, just missing out on another podium as Carlos Sainz proved to be too fast on his ever-degrading tyres. 

Formula 1 Dutch GP: Betting tips

What are we expecting to see around the banking of the Zandvoort race track? After the previous race weekend, drivers have commented that the track is a lot of fun to drive around, and the banking gives a great feel. Zandvoort is the only circuit that has banking, as we used to see around the old Monza layout. 

Overtaking opportunities might not be plenty around this track, so the qualifying session on Saturday will be the linchpin for teams. 

Race Winners

Max Verstappen

As we eluded earlier in this blog, Red Bull and especially Max Verstappen, is in a league of his own. It’s difficult to put your money against Max Verstappen winning a GP these days, especially around the Zandvoort circuit, another track that he considers his home race. We are pricing another victory for Verstappen at 4/7 (1.57) to extend his championship lead.

Charles Leclerc

With all the issues that Ferrari has internally, still, Charles Leclerc is a great driver, and you wouldn’t put it past him to take a race victory. The track favours a car that carries a lot of speed through the corners, and it will be down to the qualifying that sets the tone for the race on Sunday. We are pricing a Leclerc fightback at 7/2 (4.50)

Lewis Hamilton 

Lewis Hamilton was hoping that he would fight his way through the pack, but he was sent flying instead by his past teammate, giving him his first retirement. An optimistic win from the record-breaking driver is priced at 12/1 (13.00)

Top 3 finishers 

With Red Bull having the complete package, we are pricing Sergio Perez to occupy a spot on the podium at 13/20 (1.65), whilst Carlos Sainz is at 9/10 (1.90) to once again claim a podium finish. It’s hard to disregard George Russell when forming your podium, he has been one of the most consistent drivers apart from Max Verstappen. We are pricing George Russell at 9/4 (3.25) to be on the Podium on Sunday. 

Constructor Betting 

LV BET is offering you the chance to place some hot bets on teams betting:

  • Ferrari, to be on pole position, is priced at 8/5 (2.60)
  • Red Bull to be the winning car is priced at 4/9 (1.45)
  • Haas, to have both cars finish in the points at 8/1 (9.00)

Race Times 

Practice 1 – Friday, September 2, 12:30-13:30

Practice 2 – Friday. September 2, 16:00-17:00

Practice 3 – Saturday, September 3, 12:00 – 13:00

Qualifying – Saturday, September 3, 15:00 – 16:00

Race – Sunday, September 4, 15:00

Times displayed are track times. 

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