The 2019 Belgian Grand Prix is the 13th race of the 2019 Formula One World Championships and it will be the 75th running of the race. It will be held on September 1, 2019, at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Stavelot, Belgium.
Michael Schumacher is the winnest driver in this race with six wins while Brazilian legend Ayrton Senna had five wins. Among the current drivers, Kimi Raikkonen has four wins while rivals Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel each have three wins here. Vettel is the defending race champion, winning this race last year over Hamilton and Max Verstappen.
This year, it is Hamilton who is the favorite to win the 2019 Belgian Grand Prix while Vettel is listed next to the Mercedes ace in the latest odds board.
Who Are The Favorites?
Lewis Hamilton is the current leader in the Drivers Standings. The five-time Formula One world champion is having a sensational season so far. Hamilton has won 8 out of the first 12 races of the season and he has finished in the podium in all but two races. Hamilton has bounced back with a victory after not winning a race this season. He has won the Belgian Grand Prix in two out of the last four seasons and is, without doubt, a solid pick here as always.
Sebastian Vettel was expected to give Hamilton a run for the title this season but after 12 races so far, the four-time world champion from Ferrari has not won a race yet. Vettel is currently just fourth in the Drivers Standings, behind Hamilton, Bottas and Max Verstappen. A consolation of sorts though is that the German has finished in the Top 5 in 11 of the first 12 races of the season. He is coming off back to back podium finished in Germany and Hungary. He has won twice in the last four years in Belgium and has not finished outside the Top 4 during that period.
Charles Leclerc is Vettel’s new teammate at Ferrari and big things were expected from the Monegasque this year. The rookie is currently 5th in the Drivers Standings but if there is something to praise about his performance so far, it’s the fact that he’s not finished outside the Top 5 in all but two races this season. Leclerc has five podium finishes this year, including four in the last five races.
Valtteri Bottas ranks next to Mercedes teammate Hamilton in the Drivers Standings. Bottas has won two races this year and finished in the podium in nine out of the first 10 races of the season. However, he’s not finished higher than 8th in his last two starts. Bottas has not finished higher than 3rd in the Belgian Grand Prix during his F1 career.
Max Verstappen ranks third in the current Drivers Standings. The Red Bull ace is the only non-Mercedes driver to win a race this season, winning in Austria and Germany. Verstappen has not finished outside the Top 5 in any of the races this year and he has finished in the Top 2 in three out of his last four starts, winning two of those races. Verstappen finished third in Belgium last year.
Lewis Hamilton has won two-thirds of the total races this year so I won’t blame you if you go with the Briton again in this race because I would, too. When you consider the betting value though, you might want to take a look at Sebastian Vettel who has a better price than Hamilton.
While Vettel hasn’t won a race this year, I would say that it’s hard to put a good man down and given his struggles this year, I think he is due for a victory anytime. Vettel and Hamilton are the only drivers to win this race in the last four years, with each having two wins. The German is the defending champion and that could give him some confidence in this race. Vettel is also coming off two straight podium finishes so I smell a victory somewhere soon.
When it comes to Bottas, Leclerc, and Verstappen, none of those drivers have won this race before. I like Max Verstappen as a wildcard pick if you want to make one because he’s won two out of the last four races. But overall, I would play it safe and go with the man who’s dominated the season. Prediction: Lewis Hamilton