Formula 1 returns from its summer break this weekend for the thirteenth round of the season.
The top three
Lewis Hamilton currently leads the championship by sixty two points from his teammate, Valtteri Bottas, with Hamilton having managed to outscore Bottas in the last three races.Embed from Getty Images
Bottas enters the weekend off the run of two poor results having retired in Germany and finishing only eighth in Hungary which has meant he has lost ground to Hamilton as he attempts to revitalise his title challenge.
However Bottas is only seven points ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, with the Dutchman heading to Belgium in better form having finished inside the top two in the last two races while Bottas has only managed to score three points across the last two races.
Twenty five points behind Verstappen is Sebastian Vettel who is ahead of his teammate, Charles Leclerc by twenty four points.Embed from Getty Images
Vettel heads to Belgium having finished on the podium in the previous two rounds, responding well to a disappointing British Grand Prix.
Twenty four points behind Vettel is his teammate, Charles Leclerc who finished fourth last time out in Hungary.
Pierre Gasly currently occupies sixth place in the driver standings, having been demoted from Red Bull Racing down to Toro Rosso.
He is sixty nine points behind Leclerc and is only five ahead of seventh placed Carlos Sainz, making the battle for sixth place in the championship a focus point for the rest of the season, away from the top five.Embed from Getty Images
Sainz is in impressive form heading to Belgium having finished inside the points in the last five races, which is the longest points scoring streak outside the top five. His best result on this current run is fifth which he achieved in Germany and Hungary.
Alexander Albon, currently fifteenth in the standings, is now a big contender for sixth after his promotion to Red Bull Racing during the summer break. His best result of the season so far came in Germany where he finished sixth.
Fourth in the constructors’
McLaren heads to Belgium currently in fourth in the constructors’ standings, with their nearest challenger being Toro Rosso, currently in fifth, who are thirty nine points behind the Woking based team.
The battle for fourth involves more than two teams although Renault, currently sixth, are forty three points behind McLaren and are far closer to Alfa Romeo, Racing Point and Haas behind them.
From fifth placed Toro Rosso down to Haas in ninth there is a seventeen point gap with any of those two teams and any between them needing to have a turn of form if they wish to catch and pass McLaren in the championship.