The 2013 Formula One season has firmly past the halfway point now, which means that we are very much getting to the business end of the season which will decide who takes the title. Next up is the Belgian Grand Prix – the 11th race out of 19 this season – which takes place between the 23rd and 25th of August at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit. None of the drivers will be making use of budget car insurance from Express Insurance that weekend, but with millions of pounds of race cars on show, there will be plenty of action to enjoy.
What happened in Hungary?
The big story from the Hungarian Grand Prix was that Lewis Hamilton picked up his first victory of the season. Even though it took him 10 races to get onto the top step of the podium, this victory has inevitably led to talk of a title push considering he is soundly fourth place in the table. Hamilton led from the front and converted his pole position into maximum points by holding off the challenge of both Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel into second and third place respectively. Apart from Hamilton, perhaps the performance of the day belonged to Mark Webber who surged from 10th on the grid to finish fourth, picking up the fastest lap of the day as he went.
Although he may be disappointed with his third-place finish, Sebastian Vettel still picked up enough points to have a strong lead at the top of the table. Vettel is on 172 points, with a 28 point gap back to Raikkonen in second (134) and Fernando Alonso just one point behind in third (133). Lewis Hamilton is in fourth place (124) and made up some ground on the drivers above him, while Mark Webber completes the top five on 105 points. These five drivers are in a group of their own and it is virtually impossible that the drivers’ champion will come from any further down the table.
The Belgian Grand Prix circuit at Spa-Francorchamps has long been very popular with fans and drivers alike. Although it has not featured as a Formula One Grand Prix circuit every year, its history still dates back to 1924 when it was based on local narrow roads, much like Monaco. Known as one of the most challenging tracks on the circuit, it is also the longest on the current calendar and has an invigorating combination of difficult fast corners and long straights. With notoriously changeable weather, the circuit will make for a testing challenge for each and every driver.
Although Lewis Hamilton is certainly the most successful British driver this year so far, there are also three other British drivers to keep an eye out for. Jenson Button picked up a credible seventh place finish in Hungary after qualifying in 13th and will be looking to build on that success. Just behind Button in the overall table is Paul Di Resta in 10th place who is gaining valuable experience all the time. Young rookie Max Chilton has been finding the going tough and has yet to pick up a point.