How the Bookies See It
|Belgian Grand Prix Winner||
|Will Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas finish on the Podium?||
|2017 Drivers Championship:||
- Lewis Hamilton finished the Hungarian Grand Prix in fourth place, which is exactly where he started on the grid. The Mercedes driver could have finished in third, thanks to his team mate Valtteri Bottas letting him through at one point, but Hamilton had agreed to return the favour if he couldn’t manage to better second-placed Kimi Raikkonen, and that’s exactly what happened. Whilst some may question whether Hamilton’s decision was wise, given that it meant he lost out on an additional three points, it was certainly an honourable one, and only returned Bottas to a position he would have rightfully been in had he not deliberately given way earlier. Hamilton earned 12 points for his fourth place finish, which puts him on a total of 188 points for the season, and in second place overall for the Drivers’ Championship.
- Sebastian Vettel started in pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix, and he remained there for the duration of the race to earn 25 points for the win. However, it wasn’t the most comfortable race for the German, thanks to steering problems which made things a lot more challenging than they ought to have been. Ferrari became aware of the problem just before the race, but it was too late to do anything about it. Fortunately for Vettel, the Hungaroring is a difficult track for overtaking, and that, along with his team mate Raikkonen guarding his rear in second place, enabled him to finish the race at the head of the pack. Vettel therefore continues to lead the Drivers’ Championship table, and stands on 202 points for the season.
- Valtteri Bottas, like every other driver who started the Hungarian Grand Prix with a top five grid position, finished the race in exactly the same place as he began, which in this case was third. As we have already explained, Bottas made room for Lewis Hamilton at one point, and that was because his team-mate’s car had greater acceleration at the time. Had Hamilton stayed in front – and the Brit could easily have done so, citing the risk of losing position to fifth – Bottas would have missed out on his eighth podium finish of the season. As it happened, Hamilton remained true to his word and Bottas earned 15 points for third place, putting him on 169 points overall and third in the Drivers’ Championship table.
The Hungaroring is notorious for being a difficult track as far as overtaking is concerned, so it was no great surprise that the leading drivers finished in the same order as they had started. The Belgium Grand Prix will be a completely different affair, but will offer challenges all of its own, including the famously tricky Eau Rouge corner and unpredictable weather conditions.
Both Hamilton and Vettel have won the Belgian Grand Prix twice before, and current form suggests that this Sunday’s race will once again be a battle between the two market leaders. Trailing by just 14 points in the 2017 Drivers’ Championship table, Hamilton will be itching to finish in front on his Ferrari rival, and although no driver has been quite as consistent as we would like them to have been for betting purposes this year, we will take a chance on the Brit to succeed this weekend.
Lewis Hamilton to win the Belgian Grand Prix
*Please note, odds may change as the race approaches.