The Belgian Grand Prix from Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps is another Sprint Race weekend, giving more F1 betting options across the weekend. While all the teams aim to head into the summer break with positive momentum, Red Bull aims to extend its Grand Prix winning streak, while Max Verstappen pursues win number eight in a row and tenth of the season.
As always, Bangthebook is about finding winning bets up and down the grid and has picks from Verstappen to the back of the grid in our Belgian Grand Prix betting preview.
Max Verstappen Versus the World – Chapter 12: Can Super Max Collect All the Points Again?
During the last Sprint Race weekend in Austria, Super Max collected every point possible, taking the pole and winning both the Sprint Race and Grand Prix while collecting the fastest lap. Last week in Hungary, Verstappen and the RB-19’s Sunday drive was his seventh consecutive Grand Prix win – his ninth of the season – and his eleventh top-two finish of the season, winning by 33.731 seconds.
Verstappen’s win in Hungary was compared to his Spa 2022 performance, where the RB-18 was a rocketship, and Verstappen won by 17.841 seconds over teammate Sergio Pérez and 26.886 seconds over Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz.
We forgot to mention Max won the 2022 Belgian Grand Prix from 14th, despite taking pole position.
Again, take the free money: take Verstappen (-350) over the field (+275) and Red Bull to win the Sprint Race, Belgian Grand Prix, and for Verstappen (-600) to outqualify Sergio Pérez (+400), with Verstappen holding a 9-2 edge in the head-to-head qualifying battle.
The Best Belgian Grand Prix Qualifying Head-To-Head Betting Options
Albon Remains Free Money
The Williams’ low-drag nature will leave us all surprised with their lap times this weekend. We like Alex Albon to score points this weekend, but we’re taking three free money in the Williams qualifying head-to-head battle.
Albon (priced at -800 over at BetOnline) has outqualified rookie teammate Logan Sargeant (+500) in all 11 sessions this season, and that will not change at Spa-Francorchamps.
Ricciardo versus Tsunoda
Daniel Ricciardo might have benefitted from having the Alpha Tauri’s new spec front wing to defeat Tsunoda in qualifying, but he had a great weekend jumping into the Alpha Tauri without any on-track running and defeating Tsunoda.
Ricciardo (-110) should be the faster of the two drivers and should defeat Tsunoda (-120) at Spa.
The Mercedes Battle
Lewis Hamilton is coming off a record-setting pole position in Hungary, giving him the 6-5 head-to-head qualifying advantage over George Russell.
However, Hamilton (-180) has gotten the better of Russell (+150) consistently recently: Hamilton has outqualified Russell in five of the last six races.
The Best Belgian Grand Prix Head-To-Head Betting Option
More Alex Albon Picks?
Yes! We’re so confident that the Williams will be fast at Spa – the home of a few recent Williams highlights – that we’re taking Albon to out-finish Alpine’s Pierre Gasly.
Albon (-110) has only finished higher than Gasly (-120) twice this season at Montreal and Silverstone: two circuits that reward lower-drag setups similar to Spa-Francorchamps.
Only One Alpha (Alfa?) Can Stay
By 2026, there won’t be an Alpha or Alfa on the grid, but only one can out-finish the other in the Belgian Grand Prix.
An Alpha Tauri has out-finished Zhou Guanyu (-145) in six of the eleven races this season. Ricciardo (+115) out-finished Zhou at the Hungaroring and is likely the fastest of the three drivers who’ve driven the Alpha Tauri this season. We’re taking Ricciardo to make it 2-0 over Zhou.
In the other Alpha/Alfa seats, Valtteri Bottas (-170) and Yuki Tsunoda (+140) were tied 5-5 in the head-to-head battle heading into the Hungaroring. Bottas’ 12th-place finish gave him the 6-5 head-to-head lead, out-finishing Tsunoda in five of the last seven Grand Prix – a trend we think continues.
Mercedes Power Shootout
The upgraded McLaren MCL-60 had us running to put Oscar Piastri in our F1 fantasy team, to great success over the last two races, with Piastri finishing fourth at Silverstone and fifth at the Hungaroring.
Piastri (+105) has finished one place ahead of Mercedes’ George Russell (-135) since receiving the upgrades, which have McLaren firmly in the fight for the best of the rest. While both drivers have Mercedes power units, we’re taking Piastri in papaya to out-finish Russell.