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Preview for the Belgium GP

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On Sunday 26th August some of the best Forumla 1 racers in the world will take to the Belgium Spa racecourse in order to write their names in driving history. The top three racers – Lewis Hamiltn, Sebastian Vettel and Kimmi Rakkonen – will all be aiming to take maximum points in Belgium

The roller coasting Francorchamps track is arguably one of the most challenging in the entire Formula 1 schedule, perhaps coming as runner-up to the challenging Monaco course. Former racing legend Michael Schumacher described the circuit as one of his favourite ever to drive.

In this article we take a look at some of the racers that will be fighting it out to gain maximum points on the Belgium Spa circuit.

Lewis Hamilton – Great Britain

The 33-year-old driver from Stevenage has a stunning recent Formula 1 history with over 120 podium finishes from 220 starts and 4 championship wins – 2008, 2014, 2015, 2017.

The Mercedes driver is currently 24 points ahead of his nearest challenger Sebastian Vettell with 5 wins and 9 podiums so far this season. In 2017 Hamilton fought of a bitter fightback from Vettel to claim first place in Belgium and will be looking to do the same again this time round. According to 888Sport F1 odds Lewis Hamilton’s odds to win Belgian Spa is at 7/5. 

Sebastian Vettel – Germany

German driver Vettel last took pole position At Belgium Spa in 2013 when he bested nearest challenger Fernando Alonso to number 1 spot. Vettel is now eagerly chasing Hamilton in the Formula 1 championships.

Vettel is a feisty racer, something which was on show during his win against team mate Mark Webber in the Malaysian Grand Prix in 2013. Vettel was instructed by his team to ease of and let Webber win, something which he steadfastly refused to do.

Odds to win Belgian Spa: 7/5 

Kimi Raikkonen – Finland

Kimi Raikkonen is sitting in third position in the championship standings, after five podium finishes in a row. In Hungary, Raikkonen finished third in what was a good race by the Fin, but he wasn’t happy with his showing.

Afterwards he said it wasn’t a disaster to finish third, but he had been hoping to finish higher. The Fin has a great feel between the throttle and the surface, and the way he transfers weight across the wheels will help significantly in Belgium.

Odds to win Belgian Spa: 5/1

Max Verstappen – The Netherlands

Red Bull driver Verstappen won his one and only GP last month in Austria, when both Lewis Hamilton and Veltteri Bottas were forced to retire. However, Verstappen deserved that victory as he demonstrated incredible control to keep his tyres from blistering – something Hamilton and Bottas did not manage to do.

When it comes to cornering, Verstappen is one of the best in the sport. His controlled braking pressure creates small flatspots in the car that help him to effortlessly glide around corners.

Verstappen has come under fire before for his ‘dangerous’ driving style, after crashing into both Raikkonen and Hamilton in the past, he could be causing more mayhem in Belgium.

Odds to win Belgian Spa: 10/1

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