Formula 1’s summer break is coming an end. Nearly a month after the last Grand Prix, F1 is heading to Belgium. There, the racing series will take to the historic circuit, Spa-Francorchamps. One of the fan favorite circuits on the calendar, racing fans are eager to watch the world’s top drivers take to the popular track.
Max vs. Lewis
The summer break for F1 marks the half-way point of the season. In the last few years of Formula 1 racing, by this half-way point, the championship has basically been decided. It really had been absolute domination by the Mercedes AMG F1 team. At after the summer break in 2021 though, the championship for both drivers and constructors looks a lot different.
Lewis Hamilton is in his familiar top spot in the championship, but Red Bull’s Max Verstappen is very close behind. Just eight points separate the two, and with the 3rd place driver 74 points behind Verstappen, the current top two are the main competitors. With 12 races to go, anything can happen in the championship, but it will be a dog fight to the end for Hamilton and Verstappen.
Does Lando’s And McLaren’s Impressive Season
Speaking of that 3rd place driver, Lando Norris has had a break out season. That’s partly thanks to the equally impressive season of his team, McLaren. Many did believe that Norris and McLaren would eventually flourish together. They did not however expect it to happen this quickly. Even McLaren themselves are surprised at their own performance.
Norris has consistently been threating for podiums in just about every race this season. This has helped put McLaren in a third place tie in the constructor’s championship with Ferrari. If Lando can keep up his current pace, McLaren will most likely take that third spot. Perhaps with a bit of luck too, Lando could even begin to threaten for the driver’s title. But that is a very long shot.
Who Will Get On The Podium At Spa?
One of the hardest things to predict this F1 season is the podium. The winner is a little easier to predict since Verstappen and Hamilton have been scrapping it out. The other two positions though have seen a bit more parity though. So far 9 different drivers have made it on the podium at the end of Grand Prix this season.
There are veteran drivers who have yet to touch the top three steps this season. McLaren’s Daniel Riccardo and Apline’s Fernando Alonso are the main subjects here. Both drivers have immense skill, but have yet to have any big results so far. Perhaps in Belgium one or both of their fortunes will change.
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