Top betting tips for Dutch GP: Perez good each-way shout at Zandvoort

As Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen continue their battle for the F1 crown, the Planet Sport tipsters have some hot betting selections for the Dutch GP.

Formula 1 will be celebrating a couple of milestones when it heads to the Netherlands this weekend.

Not only will it be the first ever home race in F1 for World Championship contender Max Verstappen, who will undoubtedly be welcomed by a sea of orange-clad fans at Zandvoort, it will also be Formula 1's first Grand Prix held on Dutch soil since 1985.

The track itself has undergone significant renovations to be ready for Formula 1's return, and driving the fast, tricky, snaking circuit will be a new experience for several drivers on the grid.

Tyre wear is expected to be high on a track with plenty of long, sweeping turns. Due to the narrow tarmac and short straights at Zandvoort, overtaking opportunities may be pretty limited too.

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What this means, then, is drivers and teams nailing their tactics and strategy will be crucial for the outcome of the Dutch Grand Prix come Sunday.

A gripping season so far has seen Verstappen grapple with seven-time World Champion, Lewis Hamilton, at pretty much every race as the pair duel it out to take the title in 2021.

Just three points separate the two heading into another crucial weekend in Formula 1, and they look in a class of their own at the front of the field.

Hamilton goes into the weekend with the knowledge that his next race victory will see him become the first driver in F1 history to achieve 100 victories - which will only serve to add to his motivation heading into Saturday and Sunday.

After a non-event in Belgium last time out, we are still yet to see how the cars and drivers are in race conditions after the sport's summer break, which will further add to the excitement of the weekend's action at Zandvoort.

Before we leap into our Dutch GP betting tips, take a look at this fantastic offer from Planet Sport Bet which you can use for the weekend's race action.

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Home hero Verstappen has taken pole position at five out of the last six races, and has understandably been made 11/10 favourite with Planet Sport Bet to be the fastest qualifier once again on Saturday.

Mercedes however have made significant upgrades to their car recently. After Hamilton's strategy was botched in Hungary starting from pole, coupled with the washout at Spa last weekend, a 6/5 punt on the World Champion to qualify fastest would be my preferred personal choice.

As for the race, Hamilton and Verstappen are comfortably the shortest priced for the win. But if they are to collide again as they did at Silverstone, taking them both out of contention, then the market is wide open for the race winner.

Next-best priced are Red Bull and Mercedes team-mates, Valtteri Bottas and Sergio Perez at 16/1.

With the track being an unknown quantity and a narrow first corner to negotiate, collisions at the start are possible and picking anyone to win outside the top two title challengers would represent the strongest value in this market.

An each way bet on the winner can also represent value, which equates to odds of 6/1 for Bottas or Perez to finish in the top two at least.

If you are new to watching F1, keeping an eye on Friday and Saturday's free practice sessions will see the cars get themselves ready for the weekend.

Where the drivers rank in practice can sometimes serve as a good indicator for their chances heading into the race - which could help inform your betting picks for the weekend.

Other value bets

As previously mentioned, looking away from Hamilton and Verstappen is where you will tend to find value in Formula 1 at the moment.

The final place on the podium has been shared by several drivers through the course of the season so far. Lando Norris has had a storming campaign in his McLaren this year, and he's 4/1 to finish in the top three this weekend.

The fastest lap of the race is another facet of Formula 1 that is now more of an unknown. As a point is given to the driver with the fastest lap, we have seen different people take that accolade this year so far.

Mercedes and Red Bull have sometimes deployed Bottas and Perez to go and get that point, not to gain one for themselves, but to stop Hamilton and Verstappen getting another point further away in the title battle. Perez is 11/2 to take the fastest lap, while Bottas is priced at 9/2.

When will the action take place? (All times BST)

First practice: Friday 3rd September, 10.30am.

Second practice: Friday 3rd September, 2.00pm.

Third practice: Saturday 4th September, 11.00am.

Qualifying: Saturday 4th September, 2.00pm.

Race: Sunday 5th September, 2.00pm.

How do I watch?

The race is broadcast live on Sky Sports F1 in the UK, and the build-up begins at 12.30pm.

Extended highlights are shown later in the day on Channel 4 at 6.30pm.

Or follow it live and get all the latest reaction and news on Planet F1.