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Belgian Grand Prix F1 Preview and Betting Tips

We are officially at the midway point of the Formula One season. Summer is behind us and so we resume at the majestic Spa-Francorchamps. It will be the 48th edition of the race at said circuit, a course on which no man match Michael Schumacher’s six wins. Kimi Raikkonen can boast four from the current group of drivers, but he’s probably unlikely to make it five as Mercedes dominance should continue.

Lewis Hamilton has just one victory to his name on this course, while teammate Nico Rosberg has never tasted success. As a team, Mercedes have now triumphed here. It is the only circuit on the current F1 calendar at which Mercedes has not recorded a victory.

As always there will be a host of reputable drivers ready to pounce on any mistakes, and the unpredictable microclimate is one such factor that could contribute to unexpected mistakes, but one would think Mercedes should claim their first win here.

Whilst there’s little competition in the constructors Championship, the drivers table is opening up a little bit. Despite having one of his worst races for some time Lewis Hamilton has increased his lead of his Mercedes teammate. Hamilton remains clear in top spot, but Vettel is now just 21 points behind Rosberg. Although you expect them to finish on top, it may not be a Mercedes one-two this year.

The bottom of the table is a less foregone conclusion, but we’ll all admit we don’t really watch this sport to see if McLaren will finish ahead of Sauber to pull themselves off of the foot of the table.

The course is full of tricky turns and the recent renovations in the interest of modern day health and safety did little to change that. The course is full of tricky and testing turns, shrouded by beautiful forestry and scenery.

Sebastien Vettel has been the most popular bet this week as he continues to close in on the Mercedes duo. Vettel has been heavily backed at 11/1 with Bet365, and also Sky Bet. Due to the performance of Mercedes in Hungary, it seems like all of the fellow participants have seen their odds slashed this week, but it’s still hard to predict than anyone outside of the top three will win the race.

Lewis Hamilton is the obvious favourite to win the race at a price of 1.57 with Coral, but how willing you are to bet on such a price should depend on the weather on the day. I’m almost certain that Hamilton will be keen to make a positive start in both practice and qualifying. Still, the weather is something to keep an eye out for this weekend.

Mercedes teammate Rosberg is available at 11/4 with Sky Bet and others, but for some reason I don’t see him topping Hamilton. Hamilton will be keen to make a really positive start to the second half of the season and he’ll want to see that gap grow.

Place your bet on Vettel at 11/1 with Bet365 but make use of the each way option available.

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