Lewis Hamilton went into the summer break buoyed by a commanding win in the Hungarian Grand Prix and is fancied to pick up where he left off in our Belgian Grand Prix betting tips.
The Briton could relax on his holidays after storming 24 points clear of Sebastian Vettel as he bids for a fifth Formula One drivers’ championship.
Fresh updates are expected during the month-long lay-off, but Mercedes have a great record at Spa-Francorchamps and 3/2 for Hamilton to return with a bang is hard to resist.
Hamilton has five victories to Vettel’s four this year, winning from 14th in the rain at Hockenheim and then putting his Mercedes on pole in Budapest before taking his second success in eight days.
The twisty Hungaroring circuit should have been the venue for a slam-dunk Vettel triumph for Ferrari, given the track is not suited to Hamilton’s Mercedes machinery.
However, the Briton was always in control and declared: “We could have only dreamt to be in the position that we are in now.
“I am really, really happy to be going into the break with back-to-back wins, and that boost will last a long time for our team, and that is encouraging for everyone.”
How the Hungarian Grand Prix finished:
1 Hamilton (Mercedes), 2 Vettel (Ferrari), 3 Raikkonen (Ferrari), 4 Ricciardo (Red Bull), 5 Bottas (Mercedes), 6 Gasly (Toro Rosso), 7 Magnussen (Haas), 8 Alonso (McLaren), 9 Sainz (Renault), 10 Grosjean (Haas), 11 Hartley (Toro Rosso), 12 Hulkenberg (Renault), 13 Ocon (Force India), 14 Perez (Force India), 15 Ericsson (Sauber), 16 Sirotkin (Williams), 17 Stroll (Williams), DNF Vandoorne (McLaren), Verstappen (Red Bull), Leclerc (Sauber)
Vettel improved from fourth on the grid to finish second in Hungary and vowed: “We have more to unleash.”
The German insisted: “Last year we lost the championship in the second half of the year because our car wasn’t quick enough, but I am quite confident that we can improve.”
Hamilton appears to be holding all the aces, though, having picked up two of his team’s three straight wins at the next venue.
He commented: “I don’t believe there is ever a time when you think you have got your hand on the title. We still have a long way to go.
“A lot can happen moving forward, but what is important is that we continue to keep the pressure on and work as we have done until now.”
Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas will be keen to put a patchy run of results behind him when the action resumes, having only made the podium once in the past five races.
The Finn was briefly put out at being labelled “a sensational wingman” to Hamilton in Hungary by Toto Wolff but calmed down after that comment was cleared up.
“We are on equal terms and I trust the team 100 per cent on that,” stated Bottas, who appeals at 6/5 to make the first three in Belgium.
The Monaco-born driver has lived up to his billing as the next big thing by getting the very best, and more, out of his modest machinery.
Leclerc has embarrassed his experienced team-mate Ericsson with a number of over-achieving qualifying and race displays and is being touted as a future Ferrari driver.
Past Belgian Grand Prix results:
2017 Hamilton (Mercedes), Vettel (Ferrari), Ricciardo (Red Bull)
2016 Rosberg (Mercedes), Ricciardo (Red Bull), Hamilton (Mercedes)
2015 Hamilton (Mercedes), Rosberg (Mercedes), Grosjean (Lotus)
2014 Ricciardo (Red Bull), Rosberg (Mercedes), Bottas (Williams)
2013 Vettel (Red Bull), Alonso (Ferrari), Hamilton (Mercedes)
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