Hamilton closed out the first half of the season with a dominant victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix as the Briton was hardly threatened en route to a 10.9-second victory. However, the summer break has left Hamilton with a longing to return to the Mercedes W04 this weekend at Spa-Francorchamps as he tries to piece together a late title charge in the second half of the season.
“It feels like I have been out of the car for a very long time since the win in Hungary and I can’t wait to get going again,” he said. “I was at the factory yesterday to meet up with my engineers and get in some practice on the simulator so it was nice to see everyone and to feel the enthusiasm around the factory after the summer break.”
Spa is a favourite among drivers and fans alike thanks to its great changes in elevation and fast-sweeping corners such as Eau Rouge and Blanchimont, and Hamilton made his love for the circuit clear.
“Spa is a fantastic circuit and it’s so much fun to drive. We’re all looking forward to the second half of the season and the opportunity to bring home some more good results.”
Hamilton won the race in 2010 for McLaren during a wet-dry race after starting second on the grid. If he is to pose a serious threat to Sebastian Vettel in the second half of the season, a good start at Spa this weekend will be key.
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