Rejuvenated Hamilton has 50th win in his sights

Wed Aug 24, 2016 4:10am EDT
 
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By Abhishek Takle

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton can become only the third driver to win 50 grands prix when Formula One returns from its month-long August break and gets back to business at Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix.

The triple world champion ended the first half of the season in blistering form, opening up a 19-point lead in the standings over Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg with six wins -- four in a row -- from the last seven races.

His win in Germany last month was number 49, and only Michael Schumacher (91) and Alain Prost (51) have reached the half century.

Hamilton, who trailed Rosberg by 43 points after May’s Spanish Grand Prix, is determined not to ease off.

"The first half of the season was a bit of a rollercoaster, so it’s great to be in the position I’m in with more than half of the races behind us," said the Briton, who spent his break in the Caribbean, Costa Rica and the United States.

"I’m feeling refreshed, re-energised and ready to go after a fun few weeks off, so hopefully everyone else has had a good rest too and we’ll come out fighting."

Rosberg won the opening four races of the season but has scored only three podiums since Hamilton hit his stride.

The break, spent with his wife and baby daughter in Ibiza, could be the reset he needs with nine of a record 21 races still to run.   Continued...

 
Germany Formula One - F1 - German Grand Prix 2016 - Hockenheimring, Germany - 31/7/16 - Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning the race. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski