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The rich boys in fireproof underpants and over-engineered go-karts are back and to get the second half of the season underway they’re off to the cathedral of speed at Spa. The crowd will be behind Max Verstappen but he’s only a 7/1 shot so if you like to bet on sports in Belgium you might want to check out the Belgian Grand Prix odds on Sebastian Vettel who hasn’t won a race in year, but according to the bookies like Unibet still warrants odds just behind Hamilton’s.
The Belgian Grand Prix odds on Sebastian Vettel really do seem awfully generous given that gap since his last victory. Admittedly last year at Spa he did romp home 11 seconds ahead of Hamilton’s Mercedes, but the chances of him repeating that 12 months later seem far more remote than the 5/2 online bookmakers like Unibet are offering on him. Partly because his performances have been less than stellar, but mostly because of his competition on track.
One of the biggest threat to those Belgian Grand Prix odds on Sebastian Vettel is Verstappen. With the introduction of a Dutch Grand Prix in 2020 Max will no longer have to consider the Belgian Grand Prix his home event. In front of a sea of orange and he’ll want to improve on his 3rd position from last year, especially as new teammate, Alex Albon, is starting from the back of the grid and may not be worth taking advantage of Belgian gambling laws to back this race.
2019 Belgian Grand Prix
- Anyone Else – 1000/1+
- Carlos Sainz – 750/1
- Alexander Albon – 100/1
- Max Verstappen – 7/1
- Valtteri Bottas – 11/2
- Charles Leclerc – 3/1
- Sebastian Vettel – 5/2
- Lewis Hamilton – 7/5
Albon Starts From The Back In First Big Team Race
If you want to back Max over those Belgian Grand Prix odds on Sebastian Vettel he’s getting 7/1 from the bookies like Unibet, which does admittedly put him behind both the Mercedes and both the Ferraris. Of course, given the tactical errors we saw before the break from both the top teams, Red Bull are in with a great chance and whilst Valtteri Bottas gets 11/2 his tire management skills may be found wanting, and Max could be watching him in the rear view mirror come the flag.
Charles Leclerc meanwhile gets 3/1 which is very close up behind the Belgian Grand Prix odds on Sebastian Vettel. This just goes to show all the experience you amass in F1 doesn’t really stack up against the power of the cars and the budgetary mountains spent on them. That’s why Lewis Hamilton is 7/5 favorite to win at Unibet, one of the best online betting sites in Belgium today. He’ll have the most expensive, and thus best engineered, car when the lights go out in Spa.
Belgian Grand Prix
- Date – September 1st 2019
- Location – Spa-Francorchamps
- Lap Length – 7.00km
- Race Length – 308.052km
- Laps – 44
- Turns – 20
Belgian Grand Prix Odds On Sebastian Vettel 5/2 At Unibet
Spa itself is a bit of a tricky circuit. An historic left over from the early days of motorsport when cars were a lot slower and smaller it is now ill-suited to the modern day F1 car. Alex Albon might have got his dream drive at the top table of the sport, but starting at the back due to an engine upgrade his fairytale is unlikely to have a happy-ending. Likewise despite his victory last year the Belgian Grand Prix odds on Sebastian Vettel rather indicate he’s unlikely to reverse his slump.
Sure, he could pull off a miracle in Qualifying (he’s 3/1 to get pole position) and not have the overtake issue that will see much of the race as a static beast. Well, unless the weather gets completely out of hand. Thing is though, if you’re going to bet on motorsport at Unibet, one of the best online sportsbook sites in Belgium these days, the Belgian Grand Prix odds on Sebastian Vettel seem more a nod to his seniority than his actual chances in the race.