Disappointment and confusion reigned as Formula 1 returned to action this past weekend following a four-week break, with the aborted running of the Belgian Grand Prix. Heavy rain and fog reducing visibility to zero on the track at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, forcing organizers to call the race after just three laps, while awarding just 50% of available points to the top 10 drivers. With Max Verstappen claiming the checkered flag in Sunday’s debacle, the battle for the top of the Formula 1 Drivers Standings is the closest it has been in recent years, with Verstappen trailing frontrunner and defending champion Lewis Hamilton by just three points. Not surprisingly, that has left the duo virtually knotted atop the odds to win this year’s F1 world championship as the season passes the halfway point.
CanadianBettingSites takes a look at all the odds and trends as the scene shifts to Circuit Zandvoort next weekend for the first running of the Dutch Grand Prix since 1985. Sports bettors looking to get in on Formula 1 action for the first time can refer to our betting guides and reviews to learn all they need to know to get the best out of their motorsports betting experience.
|Formula 1 Drivers Championship Odds|
|Carlos Sainz Jr.||2001.00||2501.00||1001.00|
Belgium Debacle Frustrates Fans Drivers Alike
It was a frustrating return to action for F1 drivers and fans alike this past weekend. With a relentless downpour impacting both qualifying and race day action, this year’s Belgian Grand Prix closed out as the shortest race in Formula 1 history. For fans of Max Verstappen and his Red Bull Racing team, the dark clouds hanging over Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps offered a silver lining. Despite the inhospitable weather, Verstappen managed to earn the pole for this past weekend’s race, leaving him perfectly positioned to benefit from what amounted to little more than a cancellation of the event.
— 107% F1 Visualisations (@107PercentF1) August 30, 2021
Awarded his sixth victory of the season after it became clear that running a complete race was not an option, the 23-year-old closed the gap on first-place Lewis Hamilton in the F1 Drivers Standings. The victory brought an end to a frustrating two-race stretch for Verstappen, who saw his previous two outings marred by collisions with his Mercedes archrivals. However, when he has been able to avoid mishap, Verstappen has been simply dominant this season, finishing either first or second in nine of the 10 races he has completed this season.
Verstappen’s Consistency Make Him a Must-Bet Every Week
It is that level of consistency that has helped cement Verstappen’s position at the top of the F1 futures, with a $20 bet at Sports Interaction (1.75) on the Red Bull star claiming his first career title paying out just $35. Verstappen is poised to reclaim the perch in the standings that he held until his recent disastrous outing in Hungary. Sitting alongside Hamilton as a co-favourite on the Dutch Grand Prix odds, a $20 bet on Verstappen at Betway (2.10) generates a return of just $42.
— Formula 1 (@F1) August 29, 2021
However, with the Dutch Grand Prix making a return after a four-decade hiatus, and the track layout at Zandvoort looking dramatically different compared to the last time F1 drivers competed there, sports bettors face a huge challenge in finding value on the odds board. Of course, Verstappen gets an immediate boost due to the hometown support the Dutchman will receive from fans in attendance at Zandvoort. But Verstappen is not the only driver enjoying a breakthrough during the 2021 campaign, and who could surprise next weekend in Holland.
|Formula 1 Dutch Grand Prix Odds|
|Carlos Sainz Jr.||81.00||126.00|
Hamilton Remains Knotted with Verstappen Heading to Holland
Of course, Lewis Hamilton remains an ever-present threat. A third-place finisher in Belgium, Hamilton has now reached the podium in five of his past six outings, and now holds a slight edge over Verstappen on the F1 championship odds at FunBet (1.80), where a $20 bet returns $36.
— Formula 1 (@F1) August 29, 2021
That marks a dramatic improvement for the seven-time world champion, who had fallen off the pace at the sportsbooks on the F1 futures earlier this summer, during an uncharacteristic five-race winless streak. The 36-year-old Englishman is knotted with Verstappen as a co-favourite to win in Holland.
Norris, Leclerc Rivalry Heating Up
However, a pair of intriguing betting prospects exist further down the Dutch Grand Prix odds. The most consistent driver of the season through the first 10 races of the season, Lando Norris offers enormous betting value at Betway (34.00), where a $20 wager on the rising star out of England claiming the checkered flag at Zandvoort pays out a handsome $680 return. Norris was the only driver to earn at least a point in each of the first 10 races of the season, including nine finishes among the top five and is looking due to claim his first career F1 win. Norris has also been given a medical all-clear after being involved in a scary crash during qualifying in Belgium.
— Christian Foltyn (@chrissardotweet) August 28, 2021
The principal rival of Norris and his McLaren teammates, Charles Leclerc also deserves consideration for a value bet ahead of next Sunday’s race. The Ferrari driver has endured a rollercoaster campaign and was forced to settle for eighth place in Belgium. However, his recent steady performance in the British Grand Prix, where he claimed second place, suggests that Leclerc may be set to regain the form that earned him back-to-back wins in Belgium and Italy two years ago. Accordingly, he should not be overlooked on the Dutch Grand Prix odds at FunBet (34.00), where a $20 bet on the youthful Monte Carlo native will also return $680.