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Max Verstappen will feel some poetic justice was done in Belgium and now gets the nod in our Dutch Grand Prix predictions on home turf.
Following two unlucky KOs, the Red Bull ace was handed 12.5 points for winning a race restricted to only two laps behind a safety car due to heavy rain at Spa-Francorchamps.
With Lewis Hamilton taking third place, the gap at the top of the drivers’ championship was cut to just three points with 10 races remaining on the F1 calendar.
“It is always good to win and the points are important but it is not how anyone wants to do it,” commented Verstappen.
“Now we have to keep on pushing and trying to regain the championship lead.
“I’m confident we have a good car and there is a long way to go, so we just need to make sure we get the best performance out of it for the rest of the season.”
Formula One now returns to Holland for the first time in 36 years and the fanatical army of Dutch fans will be roaring their local hero on.
A fast track should suit Red Bull’s qualifying speed and then overtaking opportunities will be sparse, with just two short straights.
That may tempt some to go with a bwin price boost of 9/2 for Verstappen to be fastest in qualifying, win the race and record the quickest lap on Sunday in their Dutch Grand Prix betting tips.
How the Belgian Grand Prix finished
1 Verstappen (Red Bull), 2 Russell (Williams), 3 Hamilton (Mercedes), 4 Ricciardo (McLaren), 5 Vettel (Aston Martin), 6 Gasly (Alphatauri), 7 Ocon (Alpine Renault), 8 Leclerc (Ferrari), 9 Latifi (Williams), 10 Sainz (Ferrari), 11 Alonso (Alpine Renault), 12 Bottas (Mercedes), 13 Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo), 14 Norris (McLaren), 15 Tsunoda (Alphatauri), 16 Schumacher (Haas), 17 Mazepin (Haas), 18 Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo), 19 Perez (Red Bull), 20 Stroll (Aston Martin)
Outside of the big two, the man of the moment is undoubtedly George Russell, who looks increasingly likely to replace Valtteri Bottas at Mercedes next year.
The 23-year-old Brit was gifted a maiden podium finish at Spa-Francorchamps after producing a superb qualifying lap to claim second place on the grid.
He told the official F1 website: “It’s a strange feeling, as I’ve never had a race finish like this in my career, but a podium is a podium and we will take it no matter what.
“We were rewarded for the amazing job we did as a team yesterday. Obviously, if the race had gone ahead, it would have been incredibly difficult for us to hold our position but you’ve got to take it as it comes.
“It was only the last race in Hungary that I scored my first points for Williams and here we are standing on the podium at the Belgian Grand Prix!
“It is a reward for all of the hard work everyone in the team has put in over these past three years.”
Russell has often qualified well, only to just miss out on points on race day, but his luck does seem to have changed having been eighth in Budapest before the break.
Punters can get a special bwin price boost of 15/8 for Russell to be in the points again here and that completes our Dutch Grand Prix preview.
Past Dutch Grand Prix winners
1985 Niki Lauda (McLaren)
1984 Alain Prost (McLaren)
1983 Rene Arnoux (Ferrari)
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