Dutch Grand Prix Betting Preview
Max Verstappen is a hot favourite to notch a record-equalling ninth consecutive grand prix victory as Formula 1 returns from its summer break at the world champion's home event, the Dutch Grand Prix.
This is the third race at Zandvoort since it returned to the calendar in 2021 and home hero Verstappen has won the last two.
Verstappen has not just been winning but destroying the competition in recent races and he is chalked up as 1/4 favourite to keep his streak going.
The battle to join Verstappen on the podium looks more open as the form among the chasing pack has swung to and fro throughout the early part of the season.
Tip 1 - Lewis Hamilton podium finish @ 7/5
Mercedes are still not where seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton would like them to be. But with three podiums and three fourth-place finishes in the last seven races, there are at least some encouraging signs.
Hamilton took his first pole position for 18 months in Hungary and while he finished the race only fourth, it may have been a different story had he not lost three places before arriving at the second corner.
He also finished fourth at Zandvoort last year but had been in contention for the victory before the timing of a safety car went against him.
It was fourth place again for Hamilton in Belgium last time out, but the Dutch circuit should suit the Mercedes better than Spa and he is worth a bet to return to the podium.
Tip 2 - Valtteri Bottas points finish @ 11/5
It hasn't been a vintage season for ten-time grand prix winner Valtteri Bottas, but the Finn can put some recent disappointments behind him and pick up some valuable points for his Alfa Romeo team.
Bottas came from the back of the field to finish 12th at Silverstone and qualified seventh in Hungary, only to lose several positions on the first lap.
His car has too much drag to have been competitive in Belgium last time, but the much twistier Zandvoort circuit should provide the veteran with an opportunity to finish in the top ten.
Tip 3 - Daniel Ricciardo to beat Yuki Tsunoda @ 10/13
Daniel Ricciardo marked his return to F1 with a 13th-place finish in Hungary, but that was more impressive than it sounds as he had to fight his way from the back of the field after getting caught up in an incident at the first corner.
Notably, he finished ahead of his AlphaTauri team-mate Yuki Tsunoda in that race, and Ricciardo is worth backing to repeat that performance in the Netherlands.
The popular Aussie was always going to struggle to make any impact after starting 19th in Belgium, the result of his fastest lap time being deleted in qualifying.
But he looks a match for Tsunoda, who may have been flattered by the poor efforts of rookie team-mate Nyck de Vries in the first part of the season.