Lewis Hamilton says he's improving with age after victory in 200th race

02 September, 2017, 00:51 | Author: Douglas Reid
  • Track Torque: Hamilton unbeatable at Spa

With Vettel signing a new deal until 2020, and Hamilton set to extend his contract, there is no imminent prospect of seeing the Briton in red overalls.

Nearly a given at the height of the Italian team's dominance during the Schumacher years, the last time they had a Ferrari win to celebrate was in 2010 when Fernando Alonso clinched victory. If Ferrari can pull off an upset, then conventional wisdom goes out the window - and suddenly there would be cause to view Vettel as the championship favourite.

While they struggled in the morning practice, Vettel and Raikkonen were much more competitive in the afternoon, both placing within four tenths of Bottas' leading time. Valtteri Bottas had a good first half to the season, but if he is to remain in the championship fight he needs to stake his claim - and fast. "It wasn't the ideal long run we were looking for but I guess it was the same for everyone".

Vettel has four wins this season compared to Raikkonen's zero, while there is now a 92-point gap between the World Championship leader and the Finn who occupies fifth in the standings.

"It's like a drug". "I don't yet have the confidence I want and need round here".

"I'm happy but I know the difficulties that lie ahead and I have to try and figure out how to apply positive energy to my guys to bring more magic". "That's what I'm trying to figure out".

It was a weekend of records for Hamilton, as he also equalled Michael Schumacher's pole tally before becoming only the fourth driver to toast their 200th race with a victory.

After Lewis Hamilton's defiant win at Spa in Belgium last weekend, can Sebastian Vettel bounce back as Formula 1 rolls into Italy?

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As would a victory on Sunday by Hamilton.

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"It's a unique design of podium for sure, because you're towering or hanging over a sea of fans, which you don't get to see anywhere else", Hamilton said. We really don't know, Ferrari could up the ante.

"If the chance is there we will take it, of course", said Vettel, who ended practice a close third behind the two Mercedes.

It adds further to narrative between the two rivals this year and whilst there is little love lost between the two, respect remains on the track. Niki Lauda, the Mercedes nonexecutive director, said at Spa that he had discussed a potential move with Vettel but the team firmly denied there had been discussions beyond the Austrian talking to the German driver in the paddock. "Here it's a different track and generally it's possible to overtake".

"The form we showed in Spa was real and the speed was there in the race", Vettel told reporters.

Amid such a tight title race with Vettel, it will be interesting to see if Mercedes orders Valtteri Bottas, the team's second driver, into more of a supportive role for Hamilton.

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