F1 Preview: The Belgian Grand Prix

The wait is over- Formula One is back. After the four week break, the championship continues at the historic circuit of Spa-Francorchamps. The mix of high and low speed corners provides an opportunity for the drivers to establish their bids for the titles as the season nears the climax.

Eau Rouge is one of the greatest corners in motorsport and will highlight the fastest car after the break. Mercedes entered the summer break with the most momentum, and arguably the fastest car, and are expected to continue their form into a competitive Belgian weekend – fancy a free £50 bet?.

Sebastian Vettel is in the perfect position to continue his reign with a 38-point gap over his rivals and will want to re-establish his dominance over the field. Red Bull Racing have only won one Belgian Grand Prix at a track they are expected to excel at.

Three of the last six races have been won by a Ferrari and another is needed if Fernando Alonso is to challenge for his third championship. The team have been publicly motivated to produce the fastest car after this break however the Spaniard is yet to win in Belgium.

With no racing on the track, Kimi Raikkonen has been the gossip of the papers over links with Ferrari and Red Bull. The Finn is consistently finishing on the podium but rising to the top step is needed if he is to contend for the championship and a good qualifying will boost the Lotus driver’s chances.

McLaren’s Jenson Button was victorious here last season from pole and a similar result may be on the cards if his faith in the team is grounded. Force India will hope for a change in qualifying and tyre fortunes to affirm their 5th spot in the contructors’ chapionship.

Williams will be looking to build on their first point of the season through developments made over the summer while the Toro Rosso drivers will both be competing for a Red Bull seat next season.

The team with least optimism are Sauber, after rumours of financial and driver issues and picking up more points over the next races looks unlikely. Marussia and Caterham are both hoping developments allow them to challenge for top ten finishes.

Spa is a circuit renowned for its unpredictable weather and the forecast is set for rain this weekend.

Best of luck with your SuperBru picks.

By Declan Shepherd

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