On Sunday, for the first time in a long time, Formula 1 returns to the Circuit Park Zandvoort in Zandvoort, Netherlands. Formula 1 hasn’t raced in Zandvoort since 1985, the year Marty McFly saved his parents’ marriage in Back to the Future. That’s a long time without an F1 race. But although the Dutch Grand Prix returns after a 36-year hiatus, we shouldn’t expect drivers to play it safe. Like always this Formula 1 season, Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton are the top two choices. Is either worth a play to win? Check out a recap of last week’s Belgian Grand Prix before turning our attention to the Dutch Grand Prix. Be sure to check out all of the latest F1 betting odds for the 2021 Dutch Grand Prix at our online Bitcoin sportsbook, where you can find sports betting odds and lines for all of your favorite sports and events.
2021 Dutch Grand Prix Race Info
- When: Sunday, Sep. 5 at 6:00 am ET
- Where: Circuit Park Zandvoort, Zandvoort, Netherlands
- TV: ESPN
- Live Stream: Formula1.com
- Circuit Length: 4.259 km
- Laps: 72
- Race Distance: 306.648 km
- Number of Corners: 14
F1 Belgian Grand Prix Recap
Max Verstappen won the Belgian Grand Prix even though he didn’t race a single lap. For only the sixth time in Formula One history, F1 rewarded half-points. It’s not that drivers didn’t want to race. But heavy rains hit Belgium the day of. After a three hour delay, Formula One decided to call off the event.
Verstappen finished first. George Russell, driving for Williams, finished second. Standings leader Lewis Hamilton finished third. When half-points are awarded, drivers don’t get as many points as if they would have winning a full race.
Even with just half the points, Verstappen cut Lewis Hamilton’s overall lead to three. The slight difference between the first driver on the standings and the second makes the DutchGrand Prix an incredibly important race.
Who has the edge at Circuit Park Zandvoort? Verstappen or Hamilton?
The Dutch Grand Prix will be the thirteenth race of the season. So far, Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton have dominated. Hamilton won three of the first four, in Bahrain, Portugal and Spain. But since then, Verstappen stepped it up against his foe, with four wins in the last six races.
Verstappen’s Belgian Grand Prix victory might be at half the points, but it counts towards the overall standings, which is why Max Verstappen is the play over Lewis Hamilton. The Red Bull racer is on fire. Not only that, but he’s likely to offer better odds than what Hamilton provides. If you want to back chalk, ride with Max.
Which Underdogs have a shot to win in Netherlands?
It’s always tough to go against the top three, Verstappen, Hamilton, and Lewis’ teammate Valtteri Bottas. But if you think the strange finish in Belgium sent the favorites off their games, there are a few underdogs to consider backing. Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz Jr. finished third in Hungary. Sainz Jr. could be sitting on a big race.
The Hungarian GP winner, Esteban Ocon, may also step it up at Zandvoort. Sergio Perez, who drives for Honda, is yet another. Remember that this is the first time Formula One will race in the Netherlands since 1985. Hamilton, Verstappen, and Bottas will be tough to beat.
But because no team will have a course edge, drivers like Perez, Ocon, Sainz Jr., and even Sebastian Vettel should have a shot to grab the checkered flag. If you’re thinking favorite, back Verstappen. If you want to roll the dice, consider going with Perez, Ocon, Sainz Jr., or Vettel.
*All odds stated are subject to change without prior notice.