“For Real Men” – Lewis Hamilton Describes the Tough Spa F1 Circuit at Belgian GP

Published 08/26/2021, 10:20 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 1, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Formula One returns to Belgian Grand Prix this weekend after the summer break. Just like the fans, 7-time world champion Lewis Hamilton is also excited to get back on the track. The Mercedes driver mentioned he is looking forward to racing in Spa.

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Hamilton stated he is really happy to come back to Spa and called it a difficult track to master. He also talked about the reasons which makes Spa such a challenging circuit on the calendar.

7-time world champion ready to face the ‘challenging’ Spa circuit

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The British driver has won the Belgian Grand Prix four times previously in his career, including last year’s race. He mentioned it is always nice to come back to one of the original tracks of the sport.

“A route for real men. The only comparison that comes to mind is the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife. It is very special to come here every year. Today, racetracks of this caliber are simply no longer built.” said Hamilton.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 31, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates after qualifying in pole position Pool via REUTERS/David W Cerny

“So many great stories have been written here, but above all, the track is ultra-fast, and I think that’s the biggest reason why most drivers love this track. In addition, this is one of the few tracks on which overtaking with the current cars is not as difficult as usual. 

“It’s very difficult. Because on the straights you need as little air resistance as possible to achieve high top speed, but in the middle section of the track you need downforce to be quick in the corners. It’s really not easy to find the right compromise here.” said Lewis on the challenge of the track.

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Lewis Hamilton has clawed his way back to the top of the championship again. Despite trailing Red Bull driver Max Verstappen for most of the season, he took the championship lead after finishing P2 in the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – August 1, 2021 Third placed Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes celebrates on the podium after the race REUTERS/Florion Goga

“We have undoubtedly improved in the last two races. And we have thought very carefully about how we can take the next step. ” Said Hamilton on his approach in the second half of the season.

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Hamilton has an 8 point advantage over Verstappen going into the Belgain Grand Prix. Can Lewis make back-to-back wins in Spa?

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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