Lewis Hamilton was on fire before the summer break. Can he take his form to Spa-Francorchamps?
Hamilton seems to thrive in the interchangeable conditions of Spa. One of the best races in recent Belgium GP history was the thriller in 2008, which provided the perfect Spa package with a dramatic wet-weather finale.
Hamilton is feeling rejuvenated after a non-stop summer break in New York, Mexico, Costa Rica and the Caribbean. He said,
“It’s crazy how quickly this year is going by. It seems like a few weeks ago we were in Barcelona for winter testing and now we’re through the summer break, heading to Spa.
The first half of the season was a bit of a rollercoaster, so it’s great to be in the position I’m in with more than half of the races behind us. There will be more up and downs to come, I’m sure. But the way myself and the team have performed so far gives me huge confidence.
I’m feeling refreshed, re-energised and ready to go after a fun few weeks off, so hopefully everyone else has had a good rest too and we’ll come out fighting.”
– Lewis Hamilton
The Brit is expected to take an engine penalty at the next race in Monza, so 25 points here would be more than handy. He’s admitted on many occasions that the lead isn’t his until the penalties are out of the way. He does command a 19-point lead over Rosberg; the German driver hasn’t been as impressive and is looking to find the promise he showed early on in the season. Rosberg said,
“I can’t wait to get in that car, put my foot down and get everything I can from these next races. Belgium is a great place to kick-start the year after the break.”
– Nico Rosberg
— Nico Rosberg (@nico_rosberg) August 21, 2016
Most drivers echo the opinion that Belgium is a great place to go racing. It’s a driver favorite that always delivers and this weekend will surely deliver some excellent wheel to wheel racing.