Belgian F1 Grand Prix predictions: Sergio Perez can seize the opportunity | Sports News

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Red Bull’s Sergio Perez starts second on the grid

JEAN THYS

Free F1 tips, best bets and analysis for Formula 1’s Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps on Sunday.

where to watch

Sky Sports F1, 2 p.m. Sunday

Best bets

Sergio Perez will win the Belgian Grand Prix
1pt 3-1 general

Alex Albon finishes in the points
1pt 11-8 general

Presentation of the Belgian Grand Prix

Max Verstappen has dominated the Belgian Grand Prix weekend so far and set the fastest time in qualifying by a wide margin.

The runaway world championship leader would have plenty of chances for a ninth win of the season, except he starts the race 15th thanks to a penalty for exceeding his engine parts allowance.

He’s not alone – six other drivers, including title rival Charles Leclerc, also start from the back of the grid.

Verstappen is still the diaper favourite, but could need some luck to win the race

Michael Schumacher won at Spa from 16th on the grid in 1995, although a mixed bag of time helped him and Verstappen would likely need a well-timed safety car to claim victory.

His Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez missed out on pole position to Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz, but given Scuderia’s questionable reliability and series of strategic errors, the Mexican is preferred.

Perez is only five points behind Leclerc in the standings and there is a good chance that the Red Bull drivers will leave Belgium occupying the top two places in the championship.

Low track temperatures played against Mercedes in qualifying, but Lewis Hamilton and George Russell lined up fourth and fifth. At least one of them has been on the podium in the last six races, and they plan to extend that streak.

Ex-Red Bull driver Alex Albon scored two points for Williams earlier in the season and it looks too expensive to take another.

The Thai driver, who was granted a contract extension over the summer, reached the top ten in penalties in qualifying arguably on merit and starts sixth after penalties.

He put in snappy lap times in practice and was one of the quickest on the straights, which should make him difficult to pass even for riders starting out of position.


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FIRST PUBLICATION AT 6:50 PM, AUGUST 27, 2022