Dutch Grand Prix predictions, odds & betting tips
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Dutch Grand Prix predictions, odds & betting tips

Date: 04/09/2022

Venue: Circuit Zandvoort

Following such a superb success in Belgium, few punters will be rushing to oppose Max Verstappen on home turf in their Dutch Grand Prix predictions.

The Red Bull driver raced from 14th place on the grid, due to an engine penalty, to claim a comfortable victory at Spa-Francorchamps.

Verstappen is closing in on his second world championship after moving 93 points clear and is just 1.57 to come out on top in the Dutch Grand Prix odds.

The 24-year-old was stripped of pole position and demoted down the grid after taking on his fourth engine of the campaign, one more than is allocated for the season.

But he was able to take advantage of a chaotic opening lap after Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso tangled at Les Combes to move up five positions.

Verstappen was then third by the end of lap eight before he usurped team-mate Sergio Perez for the lead on lap 12.

Despite briefly losing first place to Carlos Sainz when he made his first stop, Verstappen was back ahead on lap 18, taking the chequered flag 17.8 seconds clear of Perez – the driver now second in the championship standings.

“Max was quite simply in a league of his own,” said Red Bull team principal Christian Horner. “Not just today, but all weekend.

“He hit the front far quicker than we could have ever expected. It was one of the most dominant performances that we have had as a team.”

Verstappen denied Hamilton a record eighth title at last year’s deeply contentious season finale in Abu Dhabi and has stormed to nine wins in 2022, including the last three grands prix.

“Since Max won that world championship, he has taken another step,” added Horner. “In many ways, it released him and he is driving at an incredible level.

“Given his age and experience, what we are witnessing is a driver completely at one with the car. He is in an absolute purple patch of his career.”

When F1 returned to the Netherlands 12 months ago following a 36-year absence, Verstappen was fastest in qualifying and then won the race by over 20 seconds.

Red Bull second string Perez has taken advantage of Ferrari’s fumblings to move up the table and was runner-up for the sixth time this term in Belgium.

The Mexican claimed his sole victory in Monaco and can be backed at 10.0 to double that tally at Circuit Zandvoort.

However, he was blown away by Verstappen last weekend and admitted: “Max was flying – he was on another planet.”

After starting on pole, Sainz had to settle for third and Ferrari are running out of excuses for their failings.

Leclerc began in 15th following an engine penalty and then was forced to stop early after a visor tear-off strip became tangled in his brakes.

He eventually finished fifth but dropped to sixth, behind Alonso, after receiving a five-second penalty.

The Monegasque is 4.5 in the Dutch Grand Prix odds, while teammate Sainz can be backed at 10.0.

Hamilton was called an “idiot” and told “he only knows how to drive and start in first” by a furious Alonso following their opening-lap crash.

As Hamilton trudged back to the pits, the stewards noted the accident before taking no further action. It marked his first retirement of a troubled season.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Hamilton said: “Looking back at the footage, he was in my blind spot and I didn’t leave him enough space. It was my fault. Just so sorry to the team.”

Teammate George Russell battled hard for fourth but much more had been hoped for from Mercedes, who introduced some notable upgrades after showing promise before the summer break.

Hamilton and Russell are both quoted at 15.0 to find the necessary improvement to pass the chequered flag first here.

Past Dutch Grand Prix winners

2021 Verstappen (Red Bull), Hamilton (Mercedes), Bottas (Mercedes)
1985 Niki Lauda (McLaren)
1984 Alain Prost (McLaren)
1983 Rene Arnoux (Ferrari)

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