The F1’s summer break is over and it should be quite the return for Max Verstappen and Red Bull. The Dutchman is flying into his home track with the chance to attain yet another F1 record: the most consecutive wins in a single season. This will tie him to Sebastian Vettel with nine straight. Verstappen should deliver yet again, as F1 Dutch Grand Prix lines heavily favor him.
Verstappen Will Win Zandvoort Even From Prison
Verstappen is the two-time defending champion in Zandvoort. But, to go for his third straight and a share of the record, he might have to do it from prison. All kidding aside, Verstappen made F1 news thanks to his off-track driving antics with the Aston Martin Valkyrie. The Red Bull man could face legal repercussions.
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With that said, it hardly affects his online sports betting odds. He’s still the runaway favorite to win the race (-450), pole position (-250), set the fastest lap (-150), and to be the fastest in practice (-185). Parlaying all that into one bet online might be the best wager.
But regardless of what happens before or during the race (minus a crash or car failure directly affecting Verstappen), he should overcome anything. It’s almost a foregone conclusion that he and the RB19 come out on top.
McLaren to Bounce Back
McLaren had a less-than-ideal race in Budapest just before the break. The team miscalculated the course and had its worst result since the Canadian Grand Prix in June. Still, its F1 betting odds have not changed much as the bookies expect the British constructor to get back on track. After all, Zandvoort is the kind of course it can excel at.
The course is like a mixture of Silverstone and Hungaroring. McLaren saw Lando Norris finish second in both races, while Oscar Piastri finished fourth and fifth, respectively. They have been the best pairing in the last few races. A bit of a friendly rivalry seems to be budding now, and that’s a great thing.
Both are heavily favored to finish within the top six, at least, with Norris at -500 and Piastri at -225. For both to do it, the book pays at -125. And for Norris, he’s pegged at +120 to finish on the podium. That’s tied with Lewis Hamilton as the shortest odds outside Red Bull.
A Rain of Chaos?
Not all news is positive for the Dutch GP this weekend. Weather reports expect there to be rain. This has been the norm for Formula 1 this season and in past Dutch Grand Prix. But folks betting online should keep an eye on the news as a storm could wreak havoc.
For one, the reports first state light showers during practice on Friday and qualifying on Saturday. This could increase into more of a storm during the race on Sunday. If that occurs, postponements could happen before and during the event.
The rain could also increase the odds of a crash. That could mean that some of the lower-tier teams could take advantage of a top 10 driver retiring. Williams’ Alexander Albon has finished in the top 10 thanks to similar scenarios in past races.
F1 Dutch Grand Prix Race Information
- Race: Formula 1 Heineken Dutch Grand Prix
- Day/Time: Sunday, August 27, 9 a.m. ET
- Location: CM.com Circuit Zandvoort, Netherlands
- F1 Dutch Grand Prix Live Stream: Formula1.com
F1 Dutch Grand Prix Betting Odds
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The odds in this chart are posted on the time of publication of the article. They are subject to change without previous notice.
Verstappen Obvious Betting Choice
Rain or shine, prison or not, Verstappen should finish on top. It’s a boring prediction, but it should be the right one. He has been unchallenged in the RB19 and will continue to dominate. Alternatively, betting on McLaren to have both drivers in the top six is a good bet as well.