Refreshed Hamilton gunning for Spa victory

Championship leader Lewis Hamilton is looking to win the Belgian Grand Prix for a second time in his career this weekend, with the Mercedes AMG PETRONAS driver relaxed and ready to race at Spa-Francorchamps.

Hamilton felt it was good to take a break from racing to relax, but at the same time wanted to return to racing to make amends for his disappointing race in Hungary when he finished only sixth after making a number of mistakes.

“It’s been good to take a break from racing and spend some time relaxing, training and recharging the batteries,” insisted Hamilton.

“But, of course, there’s always that flame in the back of your mind that just wants to get back out there and get on it – especially after a race like Hungary.”

Hamilton feels there is no better circuit to resume the season after the mid-season break than Spa-Francorchamps, and is eager to return to the top step of the podium again there, having won there back in 2010 while driving for McLaren.

“Spa is a great track to kick off the second part of the season,” said Hamilton. “It’s one of the really great, old school circuits with so much history. It’s mostly medium to high-speed corners, so you’re pretty much pedal to the metal the whole way round which is a lot of fun.

“It’s always special to come out on top at a classic race like this so I remember winning here well. I love this track and I’ll be gunning for that top spot again.”