F1 returns on the Belgian GP on Sky Sports activities F1 this weekend; The motion begins on Friday, with Sunday’s race at 2.10pm
By James Galloway at Spa-Francorchamps
Final Up to date: 29/08/19 5:26pm
Lewis Hamilton says he feels rested and recharged after F1’s summer time break – however says his massive championship lead won’t lull him right into a false sense of safety.
The season resumes at superior Spa-Francorchamps this weekend with Hamilton holding a big 62-point championship lead after successful eight of the 12 races earlier than the game broke for a three-week break.
“I didn’t go into it thinking ‘okay, I’ve got this gap, I can enjoy it more’,” mentioned Hamilton at Spa. “I was going to have a good time whatever the case and make sure I come back focused.”
Hamilton’s benefit makes him the overriding favorite for the championship with 9 races to go however the five-time champion says he should keep his traditional depth.
“It doesn’t make any difference: I know how much work I’ve still got to do,” insisted Hamilton.
“If I do not flip up this weekend or the next ones, if I do not ship in these subsequent races and make errors, I may simply lose the championship.
“There are factors obtainable to show the tables so I simply keep centered as I have been up to now.
“I really do come back into this second half, like each year, and there are areas I really want to improve on whilst not letting the other areas drop. I truly believe I can do that. Time will tell.”
Who’s Hamilton’s largest rival?
Whereas something however a sixth world championship for Hamilton on the finish of this season at the moment appears a distant risk, the type of Pink Bull’s Max Verstappen earlier than the summer time break advised the Dutchman could no less than emerge because the world champion’s most common challenger for race wins over the rest of 2019.
Valtteri Bottas stays Hamilton’s nearest championship pursuer, however Verstappen is simply seven factors behind the second Mercedes.
“It could be either [Valtteri or Max] as main rival,” mentioned Hamilton.
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“Max is catching up and getting fairly shut on factors [to Bottas], they usually’ve bought a few tracks which ought to be actually sturdy for them, however they may proceed to be actually sturdy for the remainder of the 12 months, like on the finish of final 12 months. I see them being very a lot a risk all through the remainder of the season.
“And I assume Valtteri, now this break – which I’m positive was fairly demanding for him, not understanding whether or not he is signing or not – is out of the best way, he can deal with being the perfect he could be so I know he’ll come right here, and into the second half, very sturdy.”
On the title risk posed by Verstappen particularly, Hamilton added: “You must have a look at all the chances so, in fact, it’s nonetheless doable. However not’s one thing I try to fear myself about.
“It’s possible for Valtteri to still win the title. I don’t know how far back it goes, but I’ve just got to focus on trying to deliver every weekend.”
Mercedes beneath risk at Spa and Monza?
F1 2019 resumes with back-to-back race weekends at two of F1’s most well-known and quickest circuits – Spa this weekend and Monza subsequent.
Ferrari’s automobile has held a bonus in a straight line all season, whereas Pink Bull’s Honda energy unit has persistently improved, and Hamilton has predicted “it’s going to be a real difficult two races”.
“We’ve got a good car but you’ve seen throughout the year that the Ferraris are particularly quick on the straights, they’re going to be a formidable force this weekend and I think their car will work really well here,” predicted the Briton.
“Even the Red Bull is now insanely fast on the straights, mostly in qualifying, and then their downforce package obviously works really well.”
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