Belgium Grand Prix: Who will prime the rostrum at Spa?
Change off the jet-ski and pack away the suntan lotion. The small matter of a world championship must be determined.
9 races in three months stay in a season that has already been full of drama, an ever-changing prime two and drivers pledging their futures elsewhere.
Rewind 4 weeks in the past, and the Hungarian Grand Prix offered Lewis Hamilton together with his fifth win of the season and a 24-point lead within the title race.
Sebastian Vettel will not need to see the phrases: “Ferrari appeared to blow their finest probability to problem the Mercedes driver” being written in one other race report, because the Scuderia’s delayed pit cease price the German an opportunity to problem for victory.
Hungary was additionally a race to neglect for Crimson Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas. Verstappen’s newest engine failure led to a sweary radio rant match for the corridor of disgrace. The Dutchman later apologised for the phrases he used within the “warmth of the second”.
A qualifying spot on the entrance row for Bottas resulted in a fifth-place end following clumsy bumps with Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo. The Finn, nevertheless, was upbeat on Twitter about his prospects for the second half of the calendar: “This 12 months hasn’t been nice for me thus far, however I consider the great occasions will come. Won’t ever hand over.”
Belgium is up subsequent and in 2017 it was Hamilton who managed to shut the hole on championship chief Vettel with a tense win at Spa.
Three victories on the bounce adopted after the summer time break for the Mercedes man, with the dream of a fifth title for Vettel placed on maintain for one more 12 months.