Belgian Grand Prix 2013 – Betting Tips and Predictions

After a brief summer break from the season, Formula One (F1) is back and the first race after the break is at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium. The track does not need much introduction and almost every car lover and racer loves the track and the atmosphere. The race will be held on Sunday August 25 2013.

About the track

The Spa-Francorchamps track is among the hot favorites and at the same time amongst the most challenging tracks for the F1 drivers. The track is the longest on the calendar and is 4.352-mile in length. Not only that, the track is well known for its terrific up and downs, high-speed corners and the Ardennes forest, and is quite exciting as compared to most other tracks of the world.

Few stats

Venue: Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
Circuit length: 7.004km/4.352 miles
Laps & Corners: 44 and 19 respectively
Race distance: 308.176km/191.491 miles
Lap record: 1:47:263 in 2009 made by Sebastian Vettel
Winner of 2012 race: Jenson Button (McLaren)
2012 Fastest Lap: 1:52:822 by Bruno Senna (Williams)

About the race

With around 21 drivers participating from as many as 11 teams, the race is expected to be one of the most exciting races of this season. Sebastian Vettel who drives for the Red Bull team holds a significant advantage and is the hot favorite to win this race for the obvious reason that he has been excellent in this season and has been the most consistent performer over the years. Vettel has already gathered 172 points and is distant away from the second placed Kimi Raikkonen from Lotus with 134 points. Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso is third with a difference of one point with Kimi.

Talking about the performance of Vettel in this track earlier, he has won at the circuit in the year 2011, finished third in 2009 and was at second position in 2012. This clearly shows how consistent he has been and has made to the podium in last 3 out of 4 years at this track.

British driver Lewis Hamilton has been catching up form off lately and after various attempts, he finally got his first Grand Prix victory for Mercedes when he dominated at the Hungaroring last time out. He has not had the best of the season this year and in spite of this victory being fourth victory in Hungary in seven attempts, he and his team Mercedes would be hoping for positive results and that he gets to wins the title. The matter of fact is that Hamilton has done in before in 2010 when he won the race at this track but at that time he used to drive for McLaren and this time he is with Mercedes. And the last two seasons have not been really the good ones for him as he failed to even make it to podium.

Other racers who could surprise at Spa are Ferrari’s Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen. Alonso has been doing decently in this season but the biggest disadvantage that he has while racing at this track is that he has never finished in top three positions in last four years at Spa. On the other hand, Kimi who drives for Lotus is also very capable of surprising on his given day. He has done it in the past when in 2009 he won the race at Spa and in 2012 he had finished third.

Last but not the least the winner of last year’s race at this track, Jenson Button, who drives for McLaren cannot be ignored or under-estimated. He has not had the best season till now with not even a single podium finish, but the fact remains that he has won the last year’s race and has also finished third in 2011 which shows his capability and that he can surely give a tough competition to Vettel.

In terms of teams, Red Bull has an advantage with Vettel driving for the team and the team leads by 69 points over Mercedes which is at second place. But certainly team Mercedes looks fully prepared and capable of giving Red Bull run for their money and they would be hoping to get the better out of Red Bull.

Our predictions

We expect the race to be among the most exciting races of the season and with some of the best drivers not having a very good season so far, they would like to prove a point here by getting a podium finish.

We believe that Sebastian Vettel does have a big advantage with him being the most consistent of the drivers and so according to us he should win this title to maintain his position.

Winners of the race (1st place):
Sebastian Vettel – 2.62
Lewis Hamilton – 4.33
Kimi Raikkonen – 8.00
(Odds from William Hill)