- Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton continue battle for top spot on the F1 Drivers Standings in this weekend’s running of the Dutch Grand Prix
- George Russell vies for a third straight points finish while Sergio Perez seeks to end a worrisome stretch of bad luck
- We’ve got you covered with all the odds and trends as Formula 1 returns to Circuit Zandvoort for the first time since 1986
Formula 1 drivers will be entering unfamiliar territory this weekend, when they hit the track for the running of the 2021 Dutch Grand Prix. As expected, Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen sit knotted atop the odds as +105 favorites as Formula 1 gets set to return to the Netherlands for the first time since 1985. After seeing last weekend’s running of the Belgium Grand Prix washed out by heavy rains, F1 drivers and fans will be hoping for better conditions this time around. However, with the possibility of rain remaining in the forecast for Sunday morning at Circuit Zandvoort, the potential for more unexpected results looms as the second half of the Formula 1 season shifts into high gear.
Here’s a look at all the odds and trends ahead lights out at the 2021 Dutch Grand Prix at Circuit Zandvoort on Sunday morning at 9:00 AM EST.
Odds to Win 2021 Dutch Grand Prix
|Driver||Odds to Win||Odds to Finish Top Three||Odds to Finish Top Six||Odds to Finish Top Ten|
|Carlos Sainz Jr.||+11000||+750||-150||-250|
Odds as of September 2 at FanDuel
Verstappen Poised to Benefit from Hometown Support
All eyes will be on the tight two-way race at the top of the Formula 1 Drivers Standings between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton. Verstappen heads to Zandvoort for his first-ever home race after claiming victory last weekend, in what ended as the shortest race in F1 history. It was a soggy weekend in Belgium, with heavy rain impacting both practice and qualifying sessions. Heavy fog further complicated matters on race day, forcing the race to begin with a safety car standing start before being delayed several hours due to poor visibility.
We've completed two laps and we will have a classification
— Formula 1 (@F1) August 29, 2021
With night falling on Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps and just three laps completed with a safety car, pole sitter Verstappen was declared the race winner. After being awarded half points due to the extreme circumstances, Verstappen now sits just three points shy of first place in the F1 standings, and could be well positioned to move past front runner Hamilton this weekend. There is no doubt that Verstappen will enjoy overwhelming fan support from what is expected to be a capacity crowd at Zandvoort. However, with neither Verstappen nor Hamilton enjoying any past F1 experience on this track, the betting value is likely to be found further down the odds.
Russell Poised to Take Next Step?
One driver to pay close attention to this weekend is George Russell. The Williams driver turned in a stellar performance in tough conditions last weekend, qualifying on the front row for the first time in his career, and eventually being awarded second place.
A new face on the podium 🙌
— Formula 1 (@F1) August 29, 2021
With his eighth-place finish last month in Hungary, Russell has also another career first by finishing in the points in back-to-back races. And with a strong performance in qualifying this weekend, the 23-year-old Englishman stands out in the Dutch Grand Prix odds as a high-value +105 bet to once again finish among the top ten.
Norris Struggling to Regain Early-Season Form
Conversely, it was a tough weekend for Lando Norris. The most consistent driver through the first 10 races of the current F1 campaign, Norris has struggled in his past two outings. The 21-year-old Englishman was bounced from the Hungarian Grand Prix after being involved in an opening-lap collision, and was involved in a spectacular crash during qualifying.
— 🟢⚪️ Lukas 🟢⚪️ (@HugodeGekste) August 28, 2021
Norris was subsequently cleared to compete despite reportedly suffering an arm injury in the crash. And while his steady performance this season has made him worthy of his short -250 odds to finish among the top six, sports bettors should proceed with caution until Norris has demonstrated he has regained his early-season form.
Perez a Good Bet to Bounce Back
Another driver looking to rebound from a brutal month is Verstappen’s Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez. A series of mishaps has resulted in “Checo” finishing well out of contention in each of the past three races, including a pre-race crash last weekend that forced him to start from the pit lane and settle for a 19th-place finish.
— deni (@fiagirly) August 29, 2021
However, adversity is nothing new for the 31-year-old Mexican, who has played a key role in Verstappen’s success this season while finishing among the top six on eight occasions. Poised to bounce back from his recent struggles, Perez should not be overlooked as a lucrative +195 bet to reach the podium for the third time this season.
The Picks: George Russell top ten (+105); Sergio Perez top three (+195)