Mercedes AMG PETRONAS driver Lewis Hamilton is fully refreshed and ready to get back into the championship battle following the long summer break, so chilled out in fact that he cannot believe half of the season has already gone!
“It’s crazy how quickly this year is going by. It seems like a few weeks ago we were in Barcelona for winter testing and now we’re through the summer break, heading to Spa.”
It was an up and down start to the 2016 Formula One season for the Brit, who lost the first four races of the year to team-mate Nico Rosberg, but after pulling back the German’s lead so superbly that he himself now leads the standings by nineteen points, Hamilton is confident the remainder of his campaign will be a successful one too.
“The first half of the season was a bit of a rollercoaster, so it’s great to be in the position I’m in with more than half of the races behind us. There will be more up and downs to come, I’m sure. But the way myself and the team have performed so far gives me huge confidence.
“I’m feeling refreshed, re-energised and ready to go after a fun few weeks off, so hopefully everyone else has had a good rest too and we’ll come out fighting.”
The circuit de Spa-Francorchamps is a track that the triple world champion really enjoys driving, and after taking victory here back in 2015, the Brit is hopeful of repeating that result on Sunday as well.
“Spa is a great track – one that every driver enjoys. It was great to finally get back on the top step there last year, so fingers crossed I’ll be able to have another strong race this time around.”
Hamilton is clearly pumped and ready for this weekend’s F1 action but has divulged how the success of Team GB at the Rio Olympics, as well as Cal Crutchlow’s recent win at Brno in the MotoGP championship, has inspired him to put in an even stronger performance on Sunday, in an attempt to try and continue on with that winning vibe.
“It’s been such a proud few weeks for British sport, with the Olympics and then Cal Crutchlow becoming the first British MotoGP winner in more than 30 years. I’ll do my best to keep the flag flying this weekend.”