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 tip.
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 7/5 for Hamilton to return with another wing 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 Vettel triumph for Ferrari, given the track is not suited to Hamilton’s Mercedes.
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.”
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.”
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 Evens to make the first three in Belgium
Mercedes have won the last three years in Spa and while Ferrari are closer this year a Mercedes 1-2 is not out of the realms of possibility here.Hamilton should be odds on.