Belgian Grand Prix 2015 – Preview and Betting Tips

After a month long summer break, the 2015 F1 season will resume on Sunday with the Belgian Grand Prix. This race will take place at the Spa-Francorchamps. It will begin at 2pm local time (1pm GMT). Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo won this race last year. He had a third place finish in Hungary last month. Will he be able to win this race again this year?

Overview

The track at Spa-Francorchamps is one of the few venues that were originally included in the first F1 season in 1950 that are still in use today. This track is also regarded as one of the most dangerous circuits in motor racing and has been the site of some of the deadliest accidents in this sport. Because of this, a number of big changes were made on this circuit.

Today, the track used in F1 races at Spa-Francorchamps has a length of 7.004 kilometers. It has 20 turns and two DRS zones (the first one on the pit straight and the second on the Kemmel straight). This race covers a total distance of 308.052 kilometers and has 44 laps. It has the reputation of being one of the fastest races in the F1 calendar with a lap usually completed at an average speed of 230 kph. This year, Pirelli will use their yellow-marked soft and the white-banded medium compound tyres to this race.

Drivers

Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull won here last year after he was able to take advantage of the incident which happened between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in the early part of the race. The Mercedes duo failed to make a podium finish in Hungary last month before the summer break. Now, the question in many people’s minds is are they now back in top form or will their misery continue here in Belgium on Sunday?

Despite Mercedes’s dominance in F1 in recent years, they don’t have an impressive record here in Spa. And although, they have already won this race many times as an engine supplier to other teams, they are still yet to win it as a factory team since their come back to the sport in 2010. Even their two drivers struggle here in Belgium. Lewis Hamilton’s only win here was way back in 2010 when he was still with McLaren. Rosberg’s best result here was last year when he finished second. On the other hand, Sebastian Vettel, the winner of the last race in Hungaroring already has two wins (2011, 2013) here. Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen who is always seen as a strong contender in every race this season is also one of the most successful drivers here with four wins (2004, 2005, 2007, and 2009) already.

Betting Tips

Despite a poor finish in Hungary last month, the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are still the top favorites of bookmakers for this race. Hamilton has the best odds on Coral at around 1.62 while Rosberg is at around 3.5 in Paddypower. Sebastian Vettel, the only other driver who has won a race this year is third on the list of favorites to win here. He has odds of around 12 in Bet365.

I would back Hamilton here because in my observation he always delivers in situations when the pressure is really high on him. Right now, his lead over Rosberg is only 21 points and Vettel is also now within striking distance from him with just a 42 point deficit. In this situation, I’m sure Hamilton will do his best to get back the comfortable lead that he enjoyed before.