The ‘Great Circus’ of Formula 1 gets under way again this weekend with the Belgian Grand Prix, the twelfth round of the World Championship and the first after the summer ‘break’, in a Spa-Francorchamps where there will be no relaxation whatsoever in the new, presumably, pulse between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen.
The fight for the leadership is resumed, with a certain curiosity after what happened two races ago, in the Silverstone Grand Prix, and that Verstappen arrived conditioned, as a result of the crash, at a meeting in Hungary in which he was ninth, by a third place (second after disqualification of Vettel) from Hamilton that earned him to become leader of the championship.
At Silverstone, Hamilton won the race and went from being 33 points behind the then leader Verstappen to 8. All this after a pulse to the limit in the Copse curve, at 300 km / h, in which Verstappen wanted to enter from the outside and collided with the left front wheel of the Mercedes, the Dutchman being thrown against the walls. Now, Hamilton is 8 points ahead of Verstappen.
Eleven races have been contested, and twelve remain to be contested. A long second part where the World Cup will be decided, and from which the future could begin to be revealed, for 2022. In Mercedes, in fact, they are focused on Hamilton but they could also say in Belgium if their partner will continue to be Valtteri Bottas o well George Russell.
On the track, in the purely sporting field, a triplet of consecutive races opens at Spa-Francorchamps along with the coming of Zandvoort, in the Netherlands and a novelty in the World Cup, and Monza. Three races that could be decisive, starting with the Belgian, with a possible new change of leader.
And all this after a Hungarian Grand Prix in which the Frenchman made his debut as a race champion driver. Esteban Ocon (Alpine), with a great performance that made him surpass the sanctioned Vettel and Hamilton and give Alpine, under this nomenclature, its first victory in Formula 1.
However, in the French team, the protagonist is Fernando Alonso. The Asturian driver has been confirmed for 2022, extending his return to Formula 1 to that second year in preparation. And he will do so after also signing a good race at the Hungaroring, being fourth and staying near the podium that his partner Ocon stepped on at the top.
Who also stepped on the podium was the Spanish Carlos Sainz, third with his Ferrari after a great race. The Madrilenian wants to continue in the positions of honor, and arrives at the Belgian track with the conviction of having done his homework, On a personal level, in the summer break and the hope that Ferrari will continue to improve and climb up the drivers’ standings, where it is in sixth position.
Belgian GP schedule
First practice session 11.30 – 12.30.
Second free practice session 15.00 – 16.00.
Third practice session 12.00 – 13.00.
Qualification session 15.00 – 16.00.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.