Hamilton hopes to shine as Formula One resumes

Hamilton hopes to shine as Formula One resumes
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Published August 20th, 2015 - 16:19 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton

After four weeks hanging out with the likes of pop star Rihanna and Hollywood legend Jack Nicholson, championship leader Lewis Hamilton needs to quickly get back into gear and prevent his Formula One rivals from stealing the show.

The summer break is over and Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel are desperate to beat the British defending champion at this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix to further reopen the championship race after Vettel's win in Hungary in July.

"It's been good to take a break from racing and spend some time relaxing, training and recharging the batteries. Spa is a great track to kick off the second part of the season," Hamilton said after errors led to him finishing sixth in Budapest having been on pole.

Hamilton has 202 points overall, just 21 ahead of Rosberg and 42 in front of Vettel with nine races left.

A second season victory gives four-time world champion Vettel hope he can pull off a miracle with an improving Ferrari car which looked well behind the Mercedes at the start of the year.

"We will try everything possible to make the impossible possible," he said.

Fellow German Rosberg, who was playing the role of expectant father while Hamilton was hobnobbing with celebrities in Barbados and New York, believes the start could be key in Belgium after Hamilton's woes in Budapest.

Rosberg won pole but finished second last year at storied Spa, one of the most popular tracks for drivers on the calendar, and wants a strong start wherever he is on the grid on Sunday.

A tweak to the rules means the start at Spa will be more on the drivers, with engineers now banned from helping with clutch settings.

"I like it because it gives me the opportunity to try to beat Lewis in this area. Until now it was difficult because it was not really in the hands of the drivers," remarked Rosberg, who only managed eighth place in Hungary and hopes his baby does not arrive over the weekend.

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff also had pedals in mind when he warned his drivers of complacency this week.

"There is never a moment you can take your foot off the gas and Hungary proved once again that any slip is an opportunity our rivals will grab with both hands," the Austrian said.

"We have all enjoyed a chance to recharge over the summer - but we have also kept our minds focused on what lies ahead. There are still many chances to win or lose this battle and we must be relentless in our push to come out on top."

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