Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium - Lewis Hamilton has reason to be cheerful as Formula One regroups in Belgium with plenty of developments to digest after an August break punctuated by headline-grabbing moves and announcements.
Spa has been good to the Mercedes man in recent years and in 2017 Hamilton took a record pole position before celebrating a win that set him on a run of success that culminated in a fourth title. This time he returns with a 24-point lead over Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, compared to a 14-point deficit last time around.
Even if the weekend turns out to be cold and wet, as is so often the case at the historic track in the Ardennes forests, Hamilton’s spirits are unlikely to be dampened after a refreshing few weeks away.
“The second half (of the season) is always exciting, it’s always intense, particularly when we go to the long hauls,” Hamilton said after winning in Hungary at the end of July. “The second half is usually ... it gets a bit better on our side.”
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