Shining a light on Spa-Francorchamps F1 Grand Prix

Written by by Staff Writer, CNN With a new chapter of Formula One racing history unfolding, British driver Lewis Hamilton holds a 14-point lead over Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas going into Sunday’s Belgian Grand…

Shining a light on Spa-Francorchamps F1 Grand Prix

Written by by Staff Writer, CNN

With a new chapter of Formula One racing history unfolding, British driver Lewis Hamilton holds a 14-point lead over Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas going into Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps.

After a second one-two in three races, Hamilton has matched the record set by Michael Schumacher in the 1990s. Schumacher amassed a total of seven titles between 2000 and 2004, and reached the milestone with a milestone drive in Germany on Sunday.

For Hamilton, the victory came despite having a four-place grid penalty as he cruised to victory at Silverstone last weekend after a late late-race scare .

Arrive at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit at 8:00 a.m. local time for a look at the atmosphere around the historic Belgian track.

Sebastian Vettel, the 2017 World Champion, headlines Ferrari’s challenge this weekend.

Eight of the last 10 World Championship races have been won by one of the Ferrari or Mercedes drivers, as Hamilton takes a five-point lead into the Austrian race, leaving Vettel trailing in second. But with a victory at Spa on Sunday, Vettel would close the gap to a single point, which is not difficult.

The unique Spa circuit, considered one of the hardest in the F1 calendar due to its twists and turns, has served to suit Hamilton in recent years, with the Englishman claiming two wins there.

The 27-year-old has now won nine out of the last 12 races in which he has started from pole and finished on the podium in six out of seven. Ferrari returned to Spa to win the 2016 season finale, but the German side couldn’t repeat the feat on Sunday.

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