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F1 Podium: Three Bets for the 2018 Belgian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain on track during the Formula One Grand Prix of Belgium at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on August 27, 2017 in Spa, Belgium

Lewis Hamilton has won two of the past three races at Spa-Francorchamps and Mercedes is on a three-race winning streak in Belgium. The Silver Arrows will look to continue their dominance on the track in Stavelot, Belgium. Sebastian Vettel has won twice here, in 2011 and 2013, but has finished on the podium just twice in his last four races here. They both opened at +135 odds to win the Belgian Grand Prix.

It’s a two-car race for the drivers championship, I think all sane individuals realize that, but each week brings with it a new set of bets and opportunities to cash in on the F1 championship circuit. Let’s examine some potential winners this week:

P1: Fastest Lap – Lewis Hamilton (+400)

Mercedes has set the fastest lap time at Belgium in three of the last four Belgian Grands Prix with Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton dominating. Hamilton has been setting himself apart from the rest of the field during the last few races and the value at +400 is too good to pass up here.

You can also get Sebastian Vettel at +400 on this bet, and he’s had the fastest lap in Belgium twice in the past five races.

Odds to complete the fastest lap at the 2018 Belgian Grand Prix
  • Daniel Ricciardo:    +300
  • Max Verstappen:    +300
  • Lewis Hamilton:      +400
  • Sebastian Vettel:    +400
Odds as of August 23 at Bovada

P2: Raikkonen vs Bottas Head-To-Head (Raikkonen +105)

Kimi Raikkonen has been successful at Spa-Francorchamps in his career, winning three races between 2004 and 2007 and another in 2009. Ferrari has the most all-time wins at Belgium, albeit none since 2009. However, Raikkonen has finished ahead of Valtteri Bottas each and every time they’ve both started the Belgian Grand Prix.

Top finisher, head-to-head, Kimi Raikkonen vs Valtteri Bottas, 2018 Belgian Grand Prix
  • Raikkonen:   +105
  • Bottas:          -145
Odds as of August 23 at Bovada

P3: Winning Car – Mercedes (-110)

Sticking with the Mercedes theme here, if Hamilton somehow falters on Sunday, Valtteri Bottas is every bit as capable of taking the checkered flag. This bet is also somewhat of a hedge against both Hamilton’s fastest lap and the Raikkonen vs Bottas head-to-head bet. At worst, you’re bound to hit part of these bets; at best, you can hit them all.

Odds to win the 2018 Belgian Grand Prix
  • Ferrari:                      -120
  • Mercedes:                 -110
  • Red Bull Racing:      +700
  • Force India:              +10000
Odds as of August 23 at Bovada

Below is the complete odds table for the outright winner of the 2018 Belgian Grand Prix:

2018 Belgian Grand Prix Odds
Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)+135
Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)+135
Max Verstappen (Red Bull)+125
Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)+500
Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)+800
Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)+1800
Kevin Magnussen (Haas)+100000
Romain Grosjean (Haas)+100000
Carlos Sainz (Renault)+100000
Nico Hulkenberg (Renault)+100000
Charles Leclerc (Alfa Romeo Sauber)+100000
Fernando Alonso (McLaren)+150000
Esteban Ocon (Force India)+150000
Sergio Perez (Force India)+150000
Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso Honda)+200000
Marcus Ericsson (Alfa Romeo Sauber)+200000
Stoffel Vandoorne (McLaren)+250000
Brendon Hartley (Toro Rosso Honda)+300000
Sergey Sirotkin (Williams)+400000
Lance Stroll (Williams)+400000

Odds as of August 23 at Bovada