Hamilton can master Spa
F1 will get a loud wake up call from summer break as the daunting Spa-Francorchamps circuit calls the teams back into action for Sunday's
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Both fearsome and awesome in equal measure, teams and drivers alike respect this spectacular 4.35 mile track - the longest on the calendar - as it climbs and plunges through the tree-lined hills.
Fast and challenging, most drivers love it!
The best excel there. Even Jim Clark, who hated the place as the original track claimed so many of his friends lives, won it four times as has Kimi Raikkonen. Ayrton Senna won five times and Michael Schumacher topped that with a record six wins.
My tip for the outright win is 2010 winner Lewis Hamilton.
Despite his mournful summer sojourn after his split from partner Nicole Scherzinger, the 2008 world champion won his first race for Mercedes in Hungary demonstrating his comfort with the revised car and it's tyre wear.
With developments due for Spa and Monza, two tracks that should further suit the Mercedes, I think he can score the win and take pole too.
Mercedes will be now be on a charge and it is not out of the question for them to challenge for the title later in the season if more wins come their way.
This time last year Alonso was 40 points clear, only for Vettel to turn it around. Hamilton is 48 points behind the Red Bull driver so it could be close.
Red Bull, though, are as strong as ever. Vettel was runner-up last year and won this challenging contest in the Ardennes in 2011.
With four wins so far and a good world championship lead they should be competitive here so I have Sebastian as my runner up.
However, there are small question marks over how the new Pirelli tyres will perform on a high-speed track like Spa as they have only been taken to the edge in Hungary which was a much slower track.
Red Bull Racing have run extreme suspension settings in the past here which have put tyres under stress, should there be any issues in the same way Pirelli could make recommendations to settings that could affect the handling of the car.
I doubt there will be any issues but with an extreme circuit like Spa but there is always doubt until tests prove otherwise.
Whilst speculation continues to surround the Red Bull drive to be vacated by Mark Webber at the end of the year, I believe there is still a slim chance Kimi Raikkonen may get the seat.
His manager Steve Robertson announced negotiations were over and that the drive was likely to go Daniel Ricciardo, but I think that was to give him cover for one last crack at getting the prime drive for his client.
Either way, the Finn has an enviable record with four wins at Spa. But with the team struggling financially at present, which could affect development never mind morale, I have him in third place.
This will be the last Belgian GP for Webber who I have down for fourth. His skills epitomise the requirements for this venue - skill, bravery and commitment.
His overtaking manoeuvre at 180mph down to Eau Rouge to take second place from Fernando Alonso was breathtaking - a stand out move.
He will enjoy his last Spa in a Red Bull Grand Prix car but I fear he will be even more of a support act after his announcement.
Ferrari really need to recapture their early season form.
Alonso has been admonished by Ferrari president Luca di Montezemelo after his management reportedly made an approach to Red Bull in Hungary and the Spaniard was critical of the car.
Spirits are not at their highest but Alonso may find himself motivating not just the team, but himself as well so I've got him in fifth.
McLaren say they will have further developments in Spa.
Jenson Button reckoned their fighting seventh place in Hungary showed they are on track and also believes they could be with the front runners in Spa but I only have last year's pole sitter and winner in sixth.
This track can be treacherous and sometimes dangerous due to it's nature. The first gear La Souce hairpin right after the start has been the cause of many a crash but last year's start shunt was the fault of Roman Grosjean who pincered Hamilton into the wall triggering an alarming crash that nearly took Alonso's head off.
The Frenchman was given a one-race ban so I am sure he will be more circumspect this year on his way to my predicted seventh place. I have put Rosberg in eighth place in the other Mercedes.
If Aussie Ricciardo does get the second seat at Red Bull it could prove to be one gritty Australian replacing the other. He has qualified the Toro Rosso higher than it should be and achieved a best of seventh in China.
He is easily capable of the ninth place I have set in my top 10 for Spa.
In the last point scoring position I have notched in Valtteri Bottas. Now that former Renault Director of Engineering Pat Symonds has joined Williams, he may just tweek the car enough to make it into a point scorer.
Now the team have one point on the board they can hopefully go on from here to score more.
Rain or shine, Red Bull will be strong but the threat should come from Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton as they orchestrate a welcome championship charge.