Belgian Grand Prix: Hamilton is in 'league of his own'

Belgian Grand Prix: Hamilton is in ‘league of his own’

Date: 30/08/2020

Venue: Spa-Francorchamps

Lewis Hamilton is hard to oppose in our Belgian Grand Prix predictions after completing yet another crushing victory in Spain last time out.

The Mercedes driver has had to settle for second best at Spa-Francorchamps for the past two years, but is now expected to add to his three earlier triumphs here.

Even as an 11/20 hotpot, Hamilton has to get the nod in our Belgian Grand Prix betting tips.

At Barcelona’s Circuit Catalunya, he finished 24 seconds clear of Max Verstappen and 44 ahead of team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

That was an 88th career win for the 35-year-old Briton, putting him just three behind the record held by Michael Schumacher.

“I was just in a daze out there – I was in a different zone,” beamed Hamilton.

“I felt fantastic in the car. I didn’t make mistakes and I delivered lap upon lap – it is the zone that I dream of being in.

“For me, it is right up there with some of the best performances that I feel I have done.”

Team principal Toto Wolff believes six-time world champion Hamilton has upped his game yet again this term.

He said: “I am always impressed with how Lewis develops every season. He gets better, in terms of his personality and his driving – that is really inspiring.

“At the moment, he drives in a league of his own. Totally under control.”

How the Spanish Grand Prix finished

1 Hamilton (Mercedes), 2 Verstappen (Red Bull), 3 Bottas (Mercedes), 4 Stroll (Racing Point), 5 Perez (Racing Point), 6 Sainz (McLaren), 7 Vettel (Ferrari), 8 Albon (Red Bull), 9 Gasly (Alphatauri), 10 Norris (McLaren), 11 Ricciardo (Renault), 12 Kvyat (Alphatauri), 13 Ocon (Renault), 14 Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo), 15 Magnussen (Haas), 16 Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo), 17 Russell (Williams), 18 Latifi (Williams), 19 Grosjean (Haas), DNF Leclerc (Ferrari)

Verstappen put in a sterling effort to split the Mercedes duo in Barcelona and is 11/4 second favourite to prevail in Belgium, with Bottas rated a 4/1 chance.

Technical upgrades to the Red Bull car could help him close the gap, but the 22-year-old Dutchman admits Hamilton will be hard to catch.

He commented: “Second is, of course, good but that’s not why we are here, we are here to win, so you can never be fully satisfied unless you do that.

“Of course, we’d like to push Lewis harder, but you have to be realistic as they still have the faster car.”

Ferrari have come out on top in the last two renewals of this race but it would be a surprise to see them complete the hat-trick.

A troubled campaign continued in Spain, with Charles Leclerc forced to park his red machine after an electrical failure sent him into a spin and Sebastian Vettel only seventh.

Leclerc can be backed at 50/1 to pass the chequered flag first in the Belgian Grand Prix odds, with Vettel available at 80/1.

Past Belgian Grand Prix winners:

2019 Leclerc (Ferrari), Hamilton (Mercedes), Bottas (Mercedes)
2018 Vettel (Ferrari), Hamilton (Mercedes), Verstappen (Red Bull)
2017 Hamilton (Mercedes), Vettel (Ferrari), Ricciardo (Red Bull)
2016 Rosberg (Mercedes), Ricciardo (Red Bull), Hamilton (Mercedes)
2015 Hamilton (Mercedes), Rosberg (Mercedes), Grosjean (Lotus)

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