Publish Date: 09/02/2022
Fact checked by: Mike Goodpaster
After a delightful race at Spa and with it the good news that F1 will be returning to Spa for next season, the next stop on our triple header is at the Dutch seaside of Zandvoort in Holland. Zandvoort is a twisty old school track which was brought back to life over the last three years by its owners to once again host the Formula 1 world championship, to the delight of all the Dutch Max & Redbull fans. Last year was the first time an F1 event took place at the circuit since the 1980’s and very few of us, including the teams then knew what to expect. It turned out to be double Dutch delight for Max, his team and their fans as Max absolutely dominated the fourteen corner, 4.25 kilometer track, bringing a sea of orange to light up the Dutch seaside. Want to light up your betting bank roll? Place your bets using the Best Betting Sites for the best outcome!
If F1 was a Texas rodeo, Max would be called ‘’unstappenable’’ whilst riding on his blisteringly fast raging Red Bull. As I had mentioned before, he looks so much more relaxed compared to his other seasons driving in F1. Gone are the days of poor racing decisions, mistakes and no patience. Max now just looks like a complete racing driver, fully focused, fully committed and ready to take his throne and be crowned the true king of F1, for contemporary times at least. His driving style reminds me of Ayrton Senna, greatly regarded as the greatest racing driver of all time. I think we’re very lucky to be witnessing the rise of a legend in this sport. I can say with confidence that any bets placed on Max at this point are relatively safe bets. Still though, you should do your research before every Grand Prix especially if you’re not all that familiar with motorsport to see exactly who might hold the advantage.
You can be sure that Red Bull will be going through every possible set up and scenario to replicate and possibly improve last years’ result, and get another consecutive 1-2 for the Austrian outfit. Ferrari fans on the other hand have a small ray of hope as Zandvoorts banked and tight twisting corners seem to favor the Scuderia’s car much more. I expect the Ferrari to be exceptionally quick around here, that is of course if their drivers can get it all right, if their reliability can hold up and if their strategists don’t screw up. Ferrari have put themselves in quite a position, they must improve unless they have already shifted their focus on next year’s car and have already accepted defeat and will take second place in the championship, not really something they should be considering at this point, though the mountain is becoming steeper to climb for Ferrari. It’s simply not fair or worthy of Charles’ efforts, although I do believe that he still has a long way to go to reach Max’s level of perfection. The Monegasque is an absolutely stunning driver, his rise from the lower Formula series was incredible to watch and everyone back then could agree that he’s a world champion in the making. Unfortunately though he’s still that, a champion in the making and whilst he still has the qualities of a world champion, he has not yet reached Max’s level, although as demonstrated so far he can most definitely perform at Max’s level. I do believe Charles will be a world champion one day, there’s no doubt about it, and whether or not it will be with Ferrari remains a question to be answered. Plan on betting on futures? Make sure you check and use the best Formula 1 Odds beforehand!
Mercedes were expecting to bounce back on race day at Spa after a woeful qualifying session but had their hopes slashed with Lewis Hamilton making an uncharacteristic mistake and collided with Fernando Alonso’s Apine on lap one which forced him to retire the car whilst George Russel delivered a very respectable P4. With no long straights to compromise their car at Zandvoort can we expect them back on the podium this weekend? It’s certainly possible and if they can replicate Red Bull’s strategy last year they might even get the jump on a potential win. Although I’m pretty sure their tire wear and degradation will be different from last year’s, there might be something to play for here in Holland for the Silver Arrows and we could see them right up there in the mix at the front. Not sure on which SportsBook to bet on F1? Have a look and compare the best Formula 1 Betting Sites only at The Grueling Truth!
Last year Pierre Gasly drove an exceptional race around here, keeping up with the top three cars. And whilst this year his car doesn’t seem to be performing at the same level, he might be in for a points finish this weekend. Last weekend saw British outfit McLaren bringing the most upgrades from any team to Spa. McLaren so far has had a dismal season with a bad car, near to no improvements with their upgrades, bad strategy decisions and losing world class drivers. You might be thinking that their season wasn’t so bad but that’s because the spotlight has been on Ferrari. McLaren has had a much worse season than their Italian rivals and this is a team at the highest level, expected to be performing and running amongst the top five cars rather than scrambling and fighting for points. Their car ran way too much drag which slowed them down in Spa, can they use this data to fix an optimal and high downforce set up which is more suited for Zandvoort? One would hope so as I am starting to question their decision on a high management level. Whilst Zack Brown might seem like the coolest CEO in F1 and Andreas Seidel being an extremely professional and smart team principal, something isn’t adding up. This might have some complications with them signing the next rising star in auto racing, F2 champion, Oscar Piastri. Because if he declined Alpine’s seat who are also struggling with managerial issues, what will he be thinking and evaluating at this stage?