The 2020 Belgian Grand Prix is the seventh race of the 2020 Formula One World Championships. The race will be held on August 30, 2020, at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Stavelot, Belgium. It will be raced at a distance of 30.8.052 km or 44 laps around the 7.004 km track.
Charles Leclerc won the race last year with Lewis Hamilton finishing second and Valtteri Bottas coming in third place. Leclerc’s Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel won this race in 2018 and the German is tied with Hamilton for most wins here among current drivers with three. Hamilton last won in 2017 and he finished second in the last two years.
Here is the official schedule for the 2020 Spanish Grand Prix:
Lewis Hamilton dominated the Spanish Grand Prix to pick up his fourth win in six races this season. The defending F-1 world champion led every lap after starting from pole position and he was simply too fast for the competition.
The win was Hamilton’s 156th podium finish, which sets a new record, beating the 155 that was held by Michael Schumacher. Hamilton also increased his career total to 88 Grand Prix races won, only three shy of the current record also held by Schumacher. He also extended his lead over Max Verstappen to 37 points.
Verstappen finished in second place to keep the #2 spot in the driver’s standings. Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas crossed the finish line third and he is also #3 in the F-1 standings.
Here are the current Drivers standings after the Spanish Grand Prix:
Lewis Hamilton has extended his lead to 37 points and we’ve only completed six races this season. The six-time world champion is having a good start to the season and he is looking dominant at this stage of the season. Coming off a win in Spain, Hamilton is once again the betting favorite heading to Belgium.
As of August 27, 2020, here are the favorites to win the 2020 Belgian Grand Prix at MyBookie:
Lewis Hamilton has won four out of the last five races of the season and during that period, he placed second in the race he didn’t win. The six-time world champion is a three-time winner of the Belgian Grand Prix but has not won the race since 2017. Hamilton has nine Top 5 finishes in 13 starts at the Circuit de Spa Francorchamps. His average start of 4.5 is the best among current drivers and he has an average finish of 7.9 here. He has started at the pole in two out of the last races here and has finished second in the last two installments of the Belgian Grand Prix.
Valtteri Bottas has fallen to third in the driver’s standings and the Finnish Mercedes drive has finished third in three out of the last four races of the season. Bottas is coming off his best season ever and he won the opening race of 2020. However, he has been outplayed by Max Verstappen in the last three races. Bottas has six Top 10 finishes in seven starts at Belgium and he has an average finish of 6.7 here. Bottas has finished in the Top 5 in the last three installments of the Belgian Grand Prix.
Max Verstappen appears to be the only non-Mercedes driver who has a shot at challenging Lewis Hamilton, at least that’s what we’re seeing in the early part of the 2020 season. The Belgian-Dutch driver has moved up to second place in the standings and he has finished in the top two in the last four races, winning the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone. Verstappen only has five starts in Belgium with two Top 10 finishes. His best-ever finish here was 2nd in 2016.
Sergio Perez is 8th in the current driver’s standings and he is coming off a 5th place finish in Spain. He missed the two races at Silverstone after testing positive for COVID-19. But the Mexican driver has finished 7th or better in the four races he’s completed this season. Perez has finished at least 6th in four out of the last five installments of the Belgian Grand Prix and was 6th here last year.
Lance Stroll has come on strong after being unable to finish the first race of the season. The 21-year old Canadian is a surprise 5th in the driver’s standings and he has finished in the Top 9 in the last five races of the season. Stroll only has three starts in Belgium and his best finish was 10th which he accomplished last year. He is coming off his best finish of the season- 4th place in the Spanish Grand Prix.
After a dominating run in Spain, it’s hard to oppose Lewis Hamilton right now. The current champion is on a roll with four wins in six races this season and after he missed the podium in the first race of the year, he’s been a man on a mission.
We cannot discount Verstappen who is the only driver who stands between the two Mercedes drivers in the standings. The Red Bull ace was born an hour away from the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps so this should be a homecoming of sorts for him. Verstappen has finished close to Hamilton in the recent races and he is a threat to win his home race.
Bottas claimed the fastest lap two years ago but his third-place finish last year was a disappointment. Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate is also a worthy threat here although I think that Verstappen should’ve been priced higher.
The man to watch here is Leclerc who won this race last year but has been struggling this season. The Monegasque driver is Ferrari’s best chance to return to the podium after a slow start. With his experience here, Leclerc is a tempting pick at +8000.
However, there’s a reason why the oddsmakers price the drivers accordingly. There is no question that Lewis Hamilton is the pick to win this race However, if there’s a fastest lap bet that comes up, Valtteri Bottas should be a good choice. I also expect Leclerc to finish in the Top 3 so that would be a good bet as well.
Predictions: Lewis Hamilton to win outright, Valtteri Bottas to have the fastest lap and Charles Leclerc to finish in the Top 3.
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