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Teams In F1 Betting On A Better 2019 Create Driver Drama

Having ruined its own summer holiday with more drama than a drunken internet chatroom Formula One returns this weekend for the Belgian Grand Prix where Max Verstappen will have legions of fans in the stands and his team in the pits wondering if he was worth losing Daniel Ricciardo over, but all eyes will still be on the title race between Mercedes and Ferrari so we take a look at the F1 betting odds available from bookies like Unibet, one of the best online betting sites in Belgium.

Daniel Ricciardo
  • Can Renault really be a competitive team in the upcoming 2019 F1 season?
  • Could Fernando Alonso regret his decision to retire from Formula One?
  • Are the F1 betting odds on Max Verstappen winning at Spa entirely fair?
  • Will Daniel Ricciardo beat those 14/1 odds at Unibet to win in Belgium?

When Daniel Ricciardo decided to move to Renault eyebrows were raised so high foreheads vanished in the paddock and the whispers began almost immediately, the Australian apparently unhappy at playing second fiddle to Verstappen at Red Bull, and just as quickly the gossip about his replacement started up with Pierre Gasly from Toro Rosso getting the nod to take the second seat alongside Max, but anyone watch F1 betting that’ll be the end of it should think again, the shuffling is not yet over.

Now if you like to bet on sports in Belgium regularly you’ll be aware already that this is partly due to Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg being paired up at Renault, but mostly is the result of the second piece of shock news from the paddock during the holidays; in 2019 Fernando Alonso won’t be driving F1 betting his Triple Crown hopes will need more concentration than a full season with McLaren would allow, and that means there’s another top tier team drive going begging alongside Carlos Sainz.

Will The Summer’s Drama Effect Performance On Track?

Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen

Meanwhile Ferrari haven’t confirmed Kimi Raikkonen will still be on their team next year although with his performance so far this season that’s probably only a matter of contractual details, and Mercedes are (unsurprisingly) sticking with their Lewis Hamilton / Valtteri Bottas combination, and they still lead the F1 betting odds to win both drivers and constructors championship this year, however as 2019 starts to loom over the rest of this season will it be as easy as they’ve made it look so far?

The answer to that is ‘probably’ and you can legitimately take advantage of Belgian gambling laws to back them but with the rules and regulations scheduled to be changed both in 2019 and then again in 2021 this 2018 season feels a bit of a damp squib, the teams (particularly Ferrari) looking further ahead than the next race this time round and whilst everyone in F1 betting some small adjustments can solve the sport’s inherent problems is completely insane, it has somewhat taken the wind out of this season.

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F1 Betting Odds Belgian GP

  • Everyone Else – 1000/1+
  • Daniel Ricciardo – 14/1
  • Max Verstappen – 10/1
  • Valtteri Bottas – 8/1
  • Kimi Raikkonen – 11/2
  • Lewis Hamilton – 7/5
  • Sebastian Vettel – 7/5

That said Spa rarely delivers a dull race, the aging circuit a hallowed track on the calendar where tire wear will once again play a massive part in what transpires, especially for the Mercedes boys whose rubber tends to eat itself in traffic, and the F1 betting odds at Unibet give Vettel and Hamilton an identical 7/5 so this one is going to be close, especially as Kimi gets 11/2 ahead of Bottas on 8/1 and second seat drivers have been tactically vital this year, so the Silver Arrows could be in trouble at Spa.

Meanwhile everyone in Belgium gambling news on Monday will be of Max Verstappen getting a win so close to home may well be being overly optimistic, his fans will be glad his F1 betting odds for winning the Belgian Grand Prix are higher than Ricciardo’s 14/1, but at 10/1 he’ll have to hope it rains to stand a chance of winning. Beyond those six no one else stands a snowball’s chance in hell of even getting on the podium, which is a pity, and something that shuffling drivers and new rules will change.

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