F1 Power Shifts From Mercedes to Ferrari

F1 Power Shifts From Mercedes to Ferrari
F1 Power Shifts From Mercedes to Ferrari

Lewis Hamilton still leads the Formula One World Championship by a handy margin, but Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix left no doubt that the balance of power has shifted to Ferrari.

The Mercedes driver left Spa with his advantage trimmed to 17 points and the prospect of race winner and title rival Sebastian Vettel making further inroads at Ferrari’s home Italian Grand Prix next weekend, Reuters reported.

Hamilton started on pole position at Spa but was well beaten in the race, unable to match the Ferrari’s speed on the straights.

Like Spa, Monza is a power circuit where Hamilton won last year - but that offers less comfort now.

“Every time we do bring an upgrade they bring a bigger one,” the Briton said of Ferrari on Sunday. We’ve known for the last four races or so that they’ve had some things on their car that’s enabled them to be quicker on the straights and yeah, we’ve just got to work harder, I guess,” he added.

Hamilton finished 11 seconds behind Vettel at Spa but the German passed him on the Kemmel straight like a hot knife through butter.

He had a chance of retaking the lead at the safety car re-start on lap five but recognized that Vettel would simply have done the same again.

“It’s just power. They’re able to deploy more, somehow, than us,” he said. "I think they seem to have it where there are straights. You’ve got Mexico, long straights; they will have the advantage there. They generally have the advantage at places like Singapore,” added the reigning champion who has in the past made big gains in the second half of the season.

That looks less likely to be the case this year, with Hamilton and Vettel now evenly matched and the battle of four-times champions finely balanced on five wins apiece with eight races remaining.


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