Ferrari, historically more interested in the prestige of the drivers championship, is backing the German over teammate Kimi Räikkönen, who is a distant fifth on the table after a lukewarm half season. "Whenever they went out, they had the possibility to go fast".
He clocked a best lap in one minute and 44.753 seconds to finish 0.262sec ahead of Raikkonen who marked the confirmation of his Ferrari contract for 2018 with a speedy showing in Belgium.
"One thing for sure in this second part of the season.is that I'm here for blood". I am here to win.
Kimi Raikkonen on Thursday urged Ferrari to re-sign championship leader Sebastian Vettel and revealed that his love of racing was the only reason he had made a decision to continue next year. "So overall I think the auto is there to do the job, to go fast, but we just need to get it right on all fronts and I just need to do my job and then we should be fine".
Hamilton rocketed to the top of the timesheets in second practice on Friday afternoon in Belgium, beating Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen by two-tenths of a second. I followed Michael and raced against him and always admired him. "I want it just as much if not more than anyone else this year". In the end, his banker lap was only 0.110s faster than Max Verstappen in the Red Bull, who also put in a special lap in order to beat teammate Daniel Ricciardo by 0.483s.
The key to Hamilton's pole was arguably a stupendous effort through the middle sector of the lap at the demanding Spa-Francorchamps track in the Ardennes mountains. McLaren tried everything to give Alonso the best possible chance of making the top ten, using Stoffel Vandoorne's vehicle to give him a tow down the Kemmel Straight and maximise straightline speed.
Météo: les températures remontent, mais avec quelques averses orageuses
Les autres régions connaîtront un temps très agréable avec un ciel partagé entre passages nuageux et périodes ensoleillées. Les maxima se situeront entre 22 degrés à la mer ainsi que sur les hauteurs de l'Ardenne et 27 degrés en Campine.
Schumacher's son, Mick, will drive his father's 1994 Benetton before the race on Sunday to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the seven-times world champion's first F1 race win at Spa in 1992. "The auto was feeling good from the get-go and the set-up changes we made were in the right direction", Hamilton said, on Friday. Winning the title in Brazil is still a highlight.
Not that he could remember all of his races, or even select a favourite. "It would probably be a wet race when you've really gone through a lot of difficulties - because it is so hard in the wet conditions".
"I think it's highly unlikely that he will be here", he said.
"I know he doesn't want to be my team mate", Hamilton added with a smile. "He wouldn't have the position he is in now in terms of how his team operates if he was here".
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