After five races in six weeks before the summer break, F1 is back in action this weekend. Both the Drivers’ and the Constructors’ Championship are extremely tight and we expect it to be a close battle all the way through to Abu Dhabi.
The first stop after the summer break is Spa – an historic circuit that has been the venue of some of the most spectacular races in F1 history. Corners like Eau Rouge are known to race fans around the world and the race always attracts a huge and very enthusiastic crowd. From a team’s perspective, the circuit is quite tricky, as it is not easy to find the right set-up for a track that has long straights, considerable changes in elevation and high-speed corners. You want to have enough downforce to be quick through the corners, but at the same time not carry too much drag for the long straights.
"It’s very difficult to make any predictions for Spa," said Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff.
"If this season has taught us one thing, it’s that there are no clear favorites for specific tracks anymore and that it’s not always the fastest car that wins.
"Instead, the competitive balance seems to swing back and forth from circuit to circuit. What is clear is that our competitors are pushing extremely hard and put up a very tough fight.
"So we need to keep our heads down, work hard to eliminate our weaknesses and further build on our strengths, and take the season race by race.
"2018 promises to be a season that we will still be talking about in years to come and we can’t wait to get out there and start racing again."