The Formula One campaign resumes this weekend following their mid-season break and Lewis Hamilton will be looking to win the Belgian Grand Prix for a record-breaking fifth time. Can he do it, or will it be Max Verstappen’s weekend?
Lewis Hamilton’s second-place finish at the Hungarian Grand Prix on August 1st saw him move back to the top of the Drivers Standings. The Mercedes driver has won four races this season and sits on 195 points. He leads Red Bull’s Max Verstappen by eight points who has five wins under his belt. Let’s not be naïve about this, if both drivers manage to complete this race, then one of them is going to win the race. It’s as simple as that. The race for the F1 title looks like being one of the most exciting in years. Hamilton cannot afford to slip up, or Verstappen will nip in and take his title. I believe the battle to be crowned world champion will go down to the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi on December 12. Following the first round of practice at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas is the fastest, but I don’t see him on the podium this weekend. Verstappen was 0.164 seconds behind Bottas, and I am backing the Red Bull man to have a great weekend and end up winning the race and taking over as title leader. The best Bottas can hope for is a third-place finish, but I feel he will be out of luck. McLaren’s Lando Norris seems to be improving with every race, and I am backing him for a podium finish and extend his lead over Bottas in the overall standings.
Belgian Grand Prix Predictions & Tips: Circuit Guide
Spa Francorchamps has been the home of the Belgium Grand Prix – on-and-off – since the race was first held back in 1925, and despite undergoing several changes over the years this circuit remains one of the most popular on the Formula 1 calendar with both drivers and F1 fans. This track features one of the most famous corners in motor racing, Eau Rouge, and the 4.352-mile lap length makes it the longest circuit in all of F1. It is one of the most challenging circuits that drivers will face all season because it is a high risk-high reward track that can punish even the most smallest of mistakes, so this is a race that often produces plenty of drama and entertainment. Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton have the most wins here with four apiece. Hamilton will look to make it two wins in succession to become the outright leader at the Belgian Grand Prix.
Location: Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Francorchamps, Belgium
Number Of Laps: 44
Lap Length: 4.352 miles
Lap Record: Valterri Bottas, 1 minute 46.286 seconds (2018)
Belgian Grand Prix Winners
|1925||Antonio Ascari||Alfa Romeo||Spa-Francorchamps|
|1937||Rudolf Haase||Auto Union||Spa-Francorchamps|
|1946||Eugene Chaboud||Delage||Bois de la Cambre|
|1947||Jean-Pierre Wimille||Alfa Romeo||Spa-Francorchamps|
|1950||Juan Manuel Fangio||Alfa Romeo||Spa-Francorchamps|
|1951||Giuseppe Farina||Alfa Romeo||Spa-Francorchamps|
|1954||Juan Manuel Fangio||Maserati||Spa-Francorchamps|
|1955||Juan Manuel Fangio||Maserati||Spa-Francorchamps|
|2011||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull-Renault||Spa-Francorchamps|
|2013||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull-Renault||Spa-Francorchamps|
|2014||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull-Renault||Spa-Francorchamps|
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