Formula 1 returns to action after a fortnight following the Spanish Grand Prix for the next triple-header, beginning in Spa, Belgium. The rescheduled 2020 Formula 1 calendar has given teams and drivers just one week off following the Spanish GP which saw a dominant victory by Lewis Hamilton in the Catalunyan sun.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton leads Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in the championship by 37 points ahead of this weekend’s Belgian GP at the iconic Spa.
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen has overhauled Valtteri Bottas in the championship, finishing no lower than second since the Hungarian Grand Prix but Lewis Hamilton looks comfortable with a 37 point lead heading into this weekend’s race.
Charles is suited and booted, and ready for FP1! 💪
Starting 🔜#BelgianGP 🇧🇪 #F1 pic.twitter.com/FXhbZcCSxQ
— Formula 1 (@F1) August 28, 2020
A painful couple of races for Bottas has halted his strong start to the season as the Finn now finds himself 43 points behind the Brit.
If the Finn is to mount a serious challenge to Hamilton this year, the victories need to start now. While he has been competitive on Saturday’s Bottas has often found himself losing grip on his advantage after the lights go out on race day.
The Belgian GP will mark the first time the paddock has reconvened since it was confirmed that all 10 Formula 1 teams have signed the new Concorde Agreement from 2021 to 2025.
Spa’s power requirements will have Racing Point feeling confident once more as it aims to upset the front row and beat Red Bull to secure a podium, but the prediction of rain could bring a halt to their hopes.
Williams also heads into its own new era having announced its Fromula 1 team has been sold to American private investment firm Dorilton Capital last Friday.
Another Spa-rkling press conference backdrop 🤩#BelgianGP 🇧🇪 | #WeAreWilliams 💙 pic.twitter.com/05kHZf3QVh
— WILLIAMS RACING (@WilliamsRacing) August 27, 2020
Spa-Francorchamps circuit is one of the greatest motorsport venues that the world has ever seen. The Formula 1 track layout has changed a lot since the first race was held back in 1922, but Spa has always retained that little something which allows it to stand apart in a class of its own.
Last year in 2019, Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc registered the maiden win of his Formula One career after romping to victory at the Belgian Grand Prix, less than 24 hours after Leclerc’s French motor racing contemporary, Anthoine Hubert, was killed at the Spa-Francorchamps venue.
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The most podiums in @f1 🤯 I can’t even begin to describe how this feels. Thank you all for your love and positivity. I want to thank everyone back at the factory, I’m so proud to be a part of this team and I hope you’re all doing well and staying safe. #StillWeRise . 📸: @motorsport.images
Spa-Francorchamps is set to be hit with sunshine and showers all weekend for the Belgian GP, with highs of 17 degrees Celsius on race day. The factor of rain could make the race at Spa an exciting one as Mercedes’ Bottas and Red Bull’s Verstappen will be looking to win their second races of the season while Lewis Hamilton aims to near Michael Schumacher’s all time record of most races won.
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