Venue: Circuit Zandvoort, Netherlands
Race Date: 5th September 2021
With the rain winning the day in Belgium last weekend, the action proper looks set to return in Holland this weekend and the stakes simply could not be higher. The Formula 1 title race is at fever pitch with Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton ready to do battle once more. Championship leader Hamilton simply will not give up his quest to win a record 8th world championship crown, whilst Verstappen looks to have the credentials and the car to go all the way in 2021. Every race this season has been packed with drama and the Circuit Zandvoort should provide the perfect backdrop for a superb weekend of racing.
Formula 1 Dutch Grand Prix Predictions
F1 Dutch Grand Prix Race Winner
It has been 5 long weeks since the top drivers on the Formula 1 grid got to do battle and it could be a barnstormer here in Holland.
Lewis Hamilton – $2.1
Championship leader Lewis Hamilton knows he will be heading into the cauldron at the Dutch Grand Prix with the orange army sure to be backing Max Verstappen to the hilt. Hamilton though revels in his role of party pooper and he will be solely focused on achieving his goals here. A record 8th World title is the carrot at the end of the stick for the Brit this season and his performances of late have been as gritty as ever. Points are key and with plenty of experience at the business end of the season, Hamilton will be relishing the challenge.
Max Verstappen – $2.1
Red Bull undoubtedly have the quickest car on the grid this season but Max Verstappen’s recent wobble in the Drivers’ Championship will be a worry for all connected to the team. He will be the fans favourite in Holland this week and the passionate Dutch faithful will be backing him on every turn. He picked up a half point win in Belgium last weekend, by virtue of sitting in pole position when the race was rained off and he should take confidence from that heading into this one.
Sergio Perez – $15.00
Red Bull have a seriously quick car and Sergio Perez has enjoyed a solid debut season for the team. Assisting Max Verstappen in his title bid will be key for the Mexican but if he can find himself in contention, he is sure to push for the win. Getting past Valtteri Bottas will also be a personal battle Perez is looking to win against the Mercedes man and with plenty of attention surely on Hamilton and Verstappen, he could sneak under the radar this weekend.
Valtteri Bottas – $17.00
It has been a tough period for Valtteri Bottas who looks to be driving without confidence and with his position within the Mercedes team seemingly unconfirmed for next year, he needs a performance here. The Finn is a quality operator though and he will be looking to do all he can to keep Mercedes on top in the Constructors Championship. Youngster George Russell has been tipped by many to be Bottas’s replacement and he will be doing all he can to keep the wolves at bay this week.
F1 Dutch Grand Prix First Driver to Retire
The Circuit Zandvoort is a notoriously tricky track and with so much on the line, it could be an exciting weekend at the Dutch Grand Prix:
Nicholas Latifi – $12.00
Williams have endured a contrasting season with their drivers as George Russell has gone from strength to strength and Nicholas Latifi looks to have lost his confidence. Driving conditions could be tricky from the off at the Circuit Zandvoort and Latifi will be under pressure from the outset.
Mick Schumacher – $15.00
Following in his father’s footsteps has taken longer than many have expected for Mick Schumacher, who has endured a relatively tough rookie season so far for Haas. They are one of the only teams without a point as, yet this season and the young German could get caught up in trouble from the off in Belgium.
F1 Dutch Grand Prix Top Six Finish
Points are key at the later stages of the Formula One season and every driver on the grid will be vying to finish as high up the leader board as possible in the Netherland:
Charles Leclerc – $1.45
Ferrari don’t have their best car ever produced in 2021 but they have a decent operation and Charles Leclerc looks to have all the makings of a future F1 world champion.
Lando Norris – $1.55
McLaren’s Lando Norris is sitting pretty in third in the Driver’s Championship, and he could be one to look out for here. He is starting to consistently piece together impressive drives and he is in possession of an excellent car with McLaren.
Pierre Gasly – $3.75
Frenchman Pierre Gasly is a superbly talented driver and with his compatriot Esteban Ocon winning last month and with Gasly himself having already bagged a F1 win last season, he is always a contender to finish in the top 6 in any race he goes in.
F1 Dutch Grand Prix Best Bets
Race Winner: Lewis Hamilton – $2.10 – Bet @ Sportsbet
First Driver to Retire: Nicholas Latifi – $12.00 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Top Six Finish: Lando Norris – $1.55 – Bet @ Sportsbet
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