After a tough Hungarian Grand Prix, both Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen hope to get back on track at this Sunday’s race, the Belgium Grand Prix. Verstappen and Hamilton flubbed in Hungary, making the GP at Belgium a key race for both. Will Red Bull racer Verstappen step to the top spot on the podium? Or will Mercedes driver Hamilton win another event?
Check out a Hungarian Grand Prix recap, a 2020 Belgium Grand Prix revisit, and our top three picks to win the 2021 Belgium GP. Be sure to check out all of the latest F1 betting odds at our online Bitcoin sportsbook, where you can find sports betting odds and lines for all of your favorite sports and events.
2021 Belgium Grand Prix Race Info
- When: Sunday, Aug. 29 at 6:00 am ET
- Where: Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot, Belgium
- TV: ESPN
- Live Stream: Formula1.com
- Circuit Length: 7.004 km
- Laps: 44
- Race Distance: 308.052km
- Number of Corners: 20
Who Won the Last Formula 1 race, the 2021 Hungarian Grand Prix?
To say the Hungarian Grand Prix’s finish surprised is an understatement. Alpine driver Esteban Ocan took the checkered flag. Hamilton finished second. Another surprise driver, Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr., finished third. Alpine’s Fernando Alonso took fourth place and Alpha Tauri’s Pierre Grassly finished fifth.
Neither Valtteri Bottas, nor Max Verstappen cracked the top eight. Verstappen finished ninth while Bottas had to retire. Both drivers, including Hamilton, will look for bounce back finishes in Belgium on Sunday.
What were the results of the 2020 Belgium Grand Prix?
The 2020 Belgium GP finished the way we’ve come to expect every F1 race to finish. Lewis Hamilton grabbed the top spot on the podium, Max Verstappen finished second, and Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate, Valtteri Bottas, finished third. There is one thing to note about last year’s Belgium Grand Prix.
Hungary winner Esteban Ocan finished sixth. Granted, he finished well behind Hamilton, but if Hungary is a sign Ocan and his team has turned the corner, he could provide another decent showing on Sunday. That doesn’t mean Ocan is the pick to win, or even finish in the top three. It does mean that if you’re looking to back an underdog, Ocan might be the play.
2021 Belgium Grand Prix Picks
It’s tough to look past the top three favorites. Most expect Lewis Hamilton to win outright. But we can’t choose Hamilton on top. Hamilton won the race in 2015, 2017, and 2020. The record in Belgium impresses, but notice how Lewis hasn’t won back-to-back Belgium GPs?
Also, many believe Hamilton is suffering from “long COVID”, which is a condition that occurs after someone who has attracted the coronavirus suffers effects long after testing negative. Hamilton complained of being overly exhausted in Hungary. If he is suffering from long COVID, the chalk still may not be at his best.
The play to finish first is second-choice Max Verstappen. The Red Bull racer finished second in this event last year. This year, Verstappen has a real shot to overtake Hamilton and win the F1 Championship. Max won’t let this opportunity pass him by.
Lewis Hamilton finishes second. He’s a fierce competitor. So even if Hamilton struggles with his energy level on Sunday, he’ll give it his all. We’d place him first if he didn’t offer underlay odds.
Bottas is a decent play to finish third. But Lando Norris, the McLaren driver, is third on the F1 Standings. Norris hasn’t taken a checkered flag and was terrible in Hungary. However, he’s driving well and McLaren is putting Lando in decent cars. He could surprise with a trip to the podium.
First: Max Verstappen
Second: Lewis Hamilton
Third: Lando Norris
*All odds stated are subject to change without prior notice.