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Bets.com.au Staff 03 Sep 2021
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The F1 world has had to wait another week to potentially see a full Grand Prix. Jack Bokhove previews the Dutch Grand Prix.

We return to Circuit Zandvoort for the first time since 1985. The track has had some significant upgrades in that time to accommodate a modern Grand Prix. However, the track still remains as a short, fast paced, ‘rally like’ circuit. One sure to favour the lighter, aerodynamic teams on the grid. 

Zandvoort will surely be welcomed back by the teams and fans alike. With the banked, sweeping right hander, the tight hair pinned opening corner, and let’s not forget one of the inform drivers will be racing for the first time in his home nation. 

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One would heavily favour Verstappen to be the star of the weekend. Max is heavily favoured to start on pole position as well as to retake the lead in the drivers’ standings by Sunday’s end. 

Although it is unwise to sleep on the 7-time champion. Lewis Hamilton does have a favourable record on untested circuits. Some examples in recent history include, the Portuguese Grand Prix, the Turkish Circuit and the return of the infamous Emilia circuit 

Former champion Kimi Räikkönen officially announced during the week that this will be his final year in F1. A truly admired opponent by many and a respected driver to all. 

However, a vacant seat is now available at Alfa Romeo. Some drivers that are still not confirmed for the following year (Valterri Bottas, Mick Schumacher) could ramp up their intensity this weekend. 

Mercedes - 310.5 Points


The gap has closed in on the German team, yet they do hold a slender lead on both the Constructors and Drivers Championship. As mentioned, Hamilton does have a favourable record on new circuits due to his 15 years’ experience. Bottas too is due for a big performance, could be a dark horse for this weekend. 

Red Bull Honda Racing - 303.5 Points


A near perfect result for Red Bull at Belgium besides a few key aspects. Only half points were given to the drivers due to less that 75% of the race was completed as well as Sergio Perez crashed early under safety car and despite the mechanics best efforts, Perez finished 19th. Verstappen did close the championship gap in time for his first home grand prix.  

McLaren Mercedes - 169 Points 


A horror qualifying crash by Lando Norris really showcased the dangers of the drenched Belgium circuit. Aussie driver Daniel Riccardo had his best weekend to date for the British team. Riccardo was favoured to step up at Spa and his fourth-place finish puts himself and McLaren up the standings. 

Ferrari - 165.5 Points


The Italian squad was solid last weekend, but the halved points allowed McLaren to overtake them. Both Leclerc and Sainz will look to continue to fly under the radar (to an extent) and charge back up the mid-table battle. 

Alpine Renault - 80 Points


Though it was doubtful in the first place, Alpine did not defend their recent Grand Prix win. Veteran Fernado Alonso did resign to the team for another year which is solid for consistency. Ocon also made some points last weekend to further reflect his recent good form. 

AlphaTauri Honda - 72 Points


A predictable return from the summer break for AlphaTauri last weekend. Leading French driver Pierre Gasly finished 6th after getting into his 10th Q3 of the season. Rookie Yuki Tsunoda tackled the challenging conditions well for his first F1 race at Spa but did not finish in the points. 

Aston Martin Mercedes - 53 Points


Another disappointing Grand Prix for the comeback team. Aston Martin’s first half of the year has been forgettable, both Vettel and Stroll will need a big result soon. Both drivers finished outside of the points for the 5th time this season.  

Williams Mercedes - 20 Points

 
In the most unusual circumstances, Williams had an outstanding result. Doubling their Constructors points. Nicholas Latifi finished in the points for the second grand prix in a row for the first time of his F1 career. Finally, George Russell got his first podium finish for his career and Williams first podium finish since 2017. An incredible weekend for the British Team. 

Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari - 3 Points

 
Alfa made the headlines this past week but not for their on-track performances. The 41-year-old announced his retirement this week, putting the team on high alert. The young sensation Antonio Giovinazzi is still yet to confirm his place next season. Turnover is likely for the Italian team. 

Haas Ferrari - 0 Points


The one positive note for Haas last weekend was a fastest lap brag for Nikita Mazepin. Although no points were awarded for it, it does go on the Russians record. Both drivers could be surprise points inclusions at the Dutch Grand Prix as it is an untested circuit. 
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Verdict

Of course, home grown talent Max Verstappen will be the favourite all weekend long. Expect an outstanding performance, and some of the loudest crowd reactions to date. Verstappen will be the 16th driver to win at his home circuit if he crosses the line in first on Sunday.
 
Another strong hint to not sleep on Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton has an outstanding record at new circuits, thanks to his experience and natural talent. It is a strong argument to why he has 7 world championships to his name.
 
With seats now available, drivers who are unconfirmed to return to their teams will be looking to improve their current form. Valterri Bottas is in the hot seat for Mercedes with George Russell being linked to the German giants. Mick Schumacher is another potential driver to bounce to Alfa Romeo to follow in his father’s footsteps.
 
The Ferrari and McLaren battle is still hotly contested. Riccardo will be looking to replicate his phenomenal performance at Spa. Norris is likely to bounce back and secure his 3rd place position on the drivers’ standings. Although Ferrari have been ever consistent, both Leclerc and Sainz have pushed the stallions to unpredicted heights.
 
Zandvoort is a short, twisting circuit favouring the aerodynamic vehicles. They include Red Bull, AlphaTauri and Alpine.

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