- Max Verstappen favored as the F1 season resumes with the Belgian Grand Prix on Aug. 28
- Charles Leclerc neck-and-neck in race to be second favorite
- Read on for all the Belgian Grand Prix odds and betting trends ahead of Sunday morning’s running at Spa-Francorchamps
The 2022 Formula 1 season resumes in earnest this weekend, with Sunday’s running of the Belgian Grand Prix. Reigning champion and current frontrunner in the F1 Drivers Standings, Max Verstappen returns to Belgium for his home race leading the way as a clear -115 favorite on the Belgian Grand Prix odds. Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc entered the summer break struggling to maintain his fast early-season pace, but remains pegged as a +350 second favorite, just ahead of Lewis Hamilton, who rounds out the top of the odds as a +400 wager.
Here’s a look at all the odds and trends ahead of Sunday morning’s running of the 2022 Belgian Grand Prix at 9:00am ET at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.
Odds to Win 2022 Belgian Grand Prix
|Driver||Odds to Win||Odds to Finish Top Three||Odds to Finish Top Six||Odds to Finish Top Ten|
|Carlos Sainz Jr.||+1100||+110||-330||-450|
Odds at DraftKings Sportsbook as of August 25, 2022.
Will Rains Wash Out Race for Second Straight Year?
With plenty of rain in the forecast for Friday and Saturday, concerns linger about a possible of last year’s debacle at this event. Max Verstappen emerged as the race winner after just one lap completed due to extended race delays caused by heavy rain. However, the weather is expected to improve as Sunday approaches, with sunny skies and cool temperatures forecast for race time.
𝗗𝗲𝗰𝘆𝗳𝗿’𝘀 𝗙𝟭 𝗦𝗰𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗮𝗹𝘀: The 2021 Belgian Grand Prix
— Decyfr GP (@DecyfrGP) August 22, 2022
Now sporting a massive 80-point lead over Leclerc atop the Formula 1 Drivers Standings, Verstappen remains clearly in command of his own destiny as the unofficial second half of the season gets underway. The Red Bull Racing has racked eight wins so far this season, and has demonstrated a new level of maturity that has enabled him to avoid costly mistakes, and complete 11 of 13 races to date. That is reflected in the F1 championship odds, where the 24-year-old is now perched as massive -1200 chalk to successfully defend his crown.
— Formula 1 (@F1) July 31, 2022
However, tallying a second straight win in Belgium comes with its own challenges. While Verstappen has most certainly benefited from the technical and communication issues that have plagued Ferrari all season long, he returns to action facing a renewed threat from the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and George Russell.
Mercedes on the Rebound
Technical issues and some occasional sloppy driving have wreaked havoc on Lewis Hamilton. As a result, the seven-time F1 champion has never gone this deep into a season without a win. However, the Hamilton was showing clear signs of a turnaround just prior to the summer break with five straight podium finishes, capped by second-place performances in both France and Hungary.
Padawan 🤜🤛 Master
— Formula 1 (@F1) August 12, 2022
More important is Hamilton’s impressive record of success at Spa-Francorchamps, where he has racked up four career wins, and reached the podium in each of his past seven appearances. Accordingly, value shoppers should not overlook Hamilton’s lucrative +400 odds to claim his first victory of the season.
Belgian Grand Prix Recent Winners
|Year||Driver||Margin of Victory||Pole Position||Fastest Lap|
|2021||Max Verstappen – Red Bull Racing||1.995 sec||Max Verstappen – Red Bull Racing||None|
|2020||Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes||8.448 sec||Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes||Daniel Ricciardo – Renault|
|2019||Charles Leclerc – Ferrari||0.981 sec||Charles Leclerc – Ferrari||Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari|
|2018||Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari||11.061 sec||Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes||Valtteri Bottas – Mercedes|
|2017||Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes||2.358 sec||Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari||Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes|
|2016||Nico Rosberg – Mercedes||14.113 sec||Nico Rosberg – Mercedes||Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes|
|2015||Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes||2.058 sec||Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes||Nico Rosberg – Mercedes|
|2014||Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull-Renault||3.383 sec||Nico Rosberg – Mercedes||Nico Rosberg – Mercedes|
New Twist to Alpine Rivalry
Several personnel moves for 2023 were announced during the summer break. The most notable being former champion Fernando Alonso’s signing with Aston Martin, where he will replace soon-to-be-retired Sebastian Vettel.
Fernando 🆚 Esteban
— Formula 1 (@F1) August 16, 2022
With the illusion of team solidarity now smashed, the table is set for the rivalry between Alonso and his Alpine teammate Esteban Ocon to heat up. Ocon currently holds a 58-41 lead over Alonso in the standings, but it has been the wily veteran has been the steadier driver of late, cracking the points in eight straight races. However, F1 betting fans should not overlook the value in Ocon’s +225 odds to finish top six, and the -120 odds favoring a double points finish by the French team.
The Picks: Lewis Hamilton to win (+400); Alpine double points finish (-120)