Thursday, June 21, 2018

F1 Picks: Nico Rosberg will try and extend his Lead in Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix

F1 Betting:  Lewis Hamilton is the favorite to win Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix that can be seen on NBCSN.  Hamilton is 11 points behind Nico Rosberg in the F1 standings with eight races remaining in the season.   Mercedes has dominated Formula One this season with Rosberg and Hamilton combining to win nine of the 11 races.  Here is a look at Sunday’s race, F1 odds and F1 picks.

Belgian Grand Prix Odds

Hamilton    -120

Rosberg      +190

Bottas       13-1

Ricciardo    13-1

Massa        16-1

Vettel       18-1

Alsono       20-1

Field        20-1

Can Anyone Challenge the Top Two?

Rosberg and Hamilton are well clear of the rest of the drivers in Formula One so the Championship will come down to one of those two. The question is whether anyone can steal a win or two down the stretch.  Four-time defending Formula One champion, Sebastian Vettel, has had a forgettable season as he has only made the podium twice and has no poles. His teammate Daniel Ricciardo is having the better season with two wins.  It would seem more likely that Ricciardo could challenge the Mercedes drivers or perhaps it will be the Williams’ drivers as the Williams’ cars do have Mercedes engines and that would mean Bottas and Massa might contend this week in Belgium. Williams’ director of Trackside Engineering, Rob Smedley said that his cars have the power to challenge this week. “Power sensitivity at Spa is very high; every horsepower you have is worth more there than at other tracks,” he said. “The drag sensitivity is very high. And we know our car is very strong in those areas. Additionally, I think at somewhere like Spa, with harder compounds, it can sometimes be quite difficult to get the tyres turned on and I think our car can do that – especially when it’s a front-end problem.”

F1 Picks

The Spa in Belgium has long laps and that means the cars are running at full speed for about three quarters of the race.  The Mercedes engines should dominate this race.  We’ll go with Hamilton at odds-on and for a longshot we’ll go with Massa at odds of 16-1.

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