The 2021 season of Formula 1 resumes, after almost a month of braking in the middle of the European summer, with the Belgian Grand Prix, which will be the scene of a new chapter in an increasingly heated rivalry between the British Lewis Hamilton and the Dutch Max Verstappen, the two top animators of the world championship.
The current world champion regained the leadership of the competition in the last two competitions, precisely when the hand-in-hand with the young pilot of Red bull. First, with the controversial victory achieved by Hamilton in the British Grand Prix, in which he used a maneuver in which he took his direct rival off the track and forced him to leave.
And before the break, the Englishman was escort in the surprising victory of the French Esteban Ocon, with Alpine, at the Hungarian Grand Prix, where the Dutchman had to settle for ninth place.
The surprising winner in Hungary: Frenchman Esteban Ocon.
Thus at SIlverstone and the Hungaroring the momentum that had led to Max verstappen to lead the championship, thanks to the five victories he has achieved, one more than the four of Lewis hamilton. The difference in favor of the British is that the Dutch did not score points in two races, the one already mentioned in Great Britain and in Azerbaijan.
Belgian GP: the start of activities
The traditional circuit of Spa-Francorchamps, the longest in the world Formula 1 With a length of 7,004 kilometers, it will host the twelfth round of the championship, which also marks the beginning of the second half of a season that includes 23 races.
The Mercedes driver, six times world champion, arrives as leader with 195 points, against 187 of the young Red Bull stronghold. Hamilton regained the lead thanks to the 45 units he added in the last two competitions, while his rival only reaped two.
Precisely the Dutchman was able to achieve that languid retribution thanks to the way in which he regained ground in Hungary after being one of the victims of the Finn’s clumsiness Valtteri Bottas, who with Mercedes caused a massive oversight on the first lap at the Hungaroring.
Lando Norris’s McLaren collides with Max Verstappen’s Red Bull at the Hungaroring.
Verstappen not only outperforms Hamilton in the seasonBut he also got more pole positions (five to three) and fastest laps (four to three), which created a state of unease for the young Red Bull driver.
“Many strange situations have cost us a lot of points. I will continue to insist, I will try to do my best and I hope that my car is competitive, ” he said.
In favor you will have the possibility of a full capacity at Spa-Francorchamps -that last year had the stands empty in the middle of the most restrictive period in the middle of the pandemic of coronavirus– and with the presence of thousands of Dutch, who will have to make a short journey to reach Belgium.
Hamilton, having set course, will set out in search of victory number 100 to take another step in the quest for an eighth F1 championship and break a tie with Michael Schumacher, which would leave him at the top among the greats of all time.
The crossing between Verstappen and Hamilton in Budapest, during the last date of Formula 1.
The British had not raised the competitive bar so much since he fought the championship to dog’s face in 2016 with his teammate Nico Rosberg, who eventually took the title and immediately decide to retire from Formula 1.
On Sunday from 10 o’clock it is planned to do 44 laps at Spa-Francorchamps, to complete 308 kilometers. The legendary Belgian circuit will open a space of three races on consecutive weekends, which will include the Italian and Dutch Grand Prix.
The activity will start this Friday with the first two rounds of training, that will take place at 6.25 and 9.55 (Argentina time), and they will go televised live and direct by ESPN 2 (Channel 102 of Cablevisión and 623 of DirecTV).
The Saturday there will be a new test series (at 6.55) and classification (at 9.55), both also broadcast by ESPN 2.
In addition to the TV screen options, it is also possible to watch the season of Formula 1 Through its own platform (F1 TV Pro), with the contracting of the package of all the competitions, in addition to the training and qualifying tests.