Max Verstappen slightly favored over Lewis Hamilton in PointsBet odds for F1 Belgium GP

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Max Verstappen is a slight favorite over Lewis Hamilton at PointsBet Sportsbook to win the F1 Belgium GP on August 29 at Spa Francorchamps. Hamilton is the defending winner of this race after beating teammate Valtteri Bottas to the line last year by more than eight seconds.

Verstappen has won five times this year and finished second on three other occasions through Round 11. Hamilton has four victories in 2021 and currently leads Verstappen in the points’ standings. On Thursday, Verstappen showed a line of +115 to Hamilton’s +120.

One way to view American Odds is to move the decimal point two positions to the left. That will let a bettor know what they will make on a $1 bet, so the return on investment this week for Verstappen is $1.15. For bettors more comfortable with fractional odds, a bet of +300 is the same as 3/1.

Both drivers have eight podium finishes this season with the difference in the points largely coming down to two bad finishes for Verstappen compared to one for Hamilton. Verstappen was leading the Azerbaijan GP late in the race when a tire blew and sent him into the wall. In the British GP, he had contact with Hamilton on the opening lap. Verstappen failed to finish either race and did not earn points.

Hamilton finished outside the the points once this year. He missed his braking mark at Azerbaijan and drove off course before finishing 15th.

The two points leaders also have close lines in regard to winning the pole position for this weekend’s Belgium GP. Verstappen is listed at +110; Hamilton is +115.

Sergio Perez is ranked third with odds of +1200. Perez won the highly volatile Azerbaijan GP in the middle of a seven-race streak of results sixth or better that spanned Portugal through Austria. His last two finishes have been well outside the top 10 with a 16th in the British GP and a DNF at Hungary.

Ranked fourth for this week’s Belgium GP is Bottas with odds of +2200. Bottas carried a streak of four top-fives with him to Hungary before he was involved in the same opening lap crash that eliminated Perez. Bottas is the third-ranked driver with a line of +560 to win this week’s pole. He has one previous pole in 2021, which came at Portugal in Round 3.

Rounding out the top five is Lando Norris at +3300. Norris is third in the drivers’ championship chase, a distant 82 points behind Hamilton, but only five points ahead of Bottas. Norris had a perfect record of top-10 finishes heading into Hungary with all but one of those results in the top five. He was also eliminated with crash damage early in that race.

Charles Leclerc won the 2019 edition of the Belgium GP. If he can win again this week, that is worth +5000.

The 2018 winner, Sebastian Vettel faces extremely long odds of +25000 after being disqualified from a second-place finish in Hungary. That would have been Vettel’s second podium of the season. He finished second in Azerbaijan.

The most recent F1 winner of the Hungarian GP, Esteban Ocon also faces +25000 odds. His victory was the first time this year that he has cracked the top five.

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Race winner Lewis Hamilton and third-place Max Verstappen are sprayed with champagne by second-place Valtteri Bottas following last year’s Belgium GP.(Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

X44 Racing win 2022 Extreme E championship as Abt Cupra score first race victory

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Abt Cupra Racing’s Nasser Al-Attiyah and Klara Andersson scored their first win in the Extreme E Energy X Prix in the 2022 finale in Uruguay as Lewis Hamilton’s X44 Vida Carbon Racing drivers Sebastien Loeb and Cristina Gutierrez survived a chaotic finale to edge the 2021 champion Rosberg X Prix team of Johan Kristoffersson and Mikhaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky, by two points.

“There are so many emotions,” Andersson said in Extreme E’s coverage. “I’ve been waiting for this for so long. In my second race, first full weekend to be at the top of the podium: it’s big.”

Andersson was behind the wheel at the finish.

Rosberg Racing entered the event with a 17-point advantage over X44, but the standings were close enough that four teams remained in contention in Round 5.

“It’s a crucial weekend for us,” Loeb said in Extreme E’s coverage prior to the race. “We are not in the best position to win the championship, but the only thing we can do is try to win the race and score as many points as possible.”

The top two title contenders each crashed in qualification and were relegated to the Crazy Race, Extreme E’s version of the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ). For the moment, they had the steepest hill to climb, but then the other two championship contending teams, Chip Ganassi Racing and Acciona Sainz Racing failed to advance from their heats.

Only one team advances from the Crazy Race, so the X44 drivers were in a must-win situation to simply keep hope alive.

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Ahlin-Kottulinsky and Gutierrez ran wheel to wheel into the first turn at the start of the LCQ.

The Rosberg racer experienced crash damage in that turn that damaged her front steering, but managed to limp back to the pits at the end of her two-lap stint. The team attempted to fix the steering, but incurred a penalty for having too many mechanics in the pit area.

Meanwhile, Gutierrez took the early lead, but knew she would need to sit through a five-second penalty for an incident earlier in the weekend. The female half of the gender equal pair erased the penalty by entering the Switch Zone with a five-second lead before turning the car over to Loeb.

That was all the nine-time World Rally Championship titlist needed to give him the advantage needed to win the Crazy Race.

But the championship was not over yet. X44 Racing needed to finish third or better in the five-car finale to earn enough points for the title and after advancing from the LCQ, they were forced to take the worst grid position.

A chaotic start to the Finale saw Loeb run as high the lead and low as fourth after getting pushed off course during his first lap. And that is how he entered to Switch Zone.

On her first lap, Gutierrez slammed into Molly Taylor. With one lap remaining, X44 and Gutierrez were still in fourth and the title hope was quickly evaporating, but it was announced halfway through the lap that the third-running Andretti United team would suffer a penalty for a Switch Zone infraction. The seven-second deduction for Timmy Hansen braking too late in the zone made the difference in the title.

Coming off a disappointing Copper X Prix when Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour crossed under the checkers first, but were relegated to fifth by penalty, the McLaren pair scored their first podium of the season in second.