Mercedes rivals set to resume title battle

Teamwork: Mercedes AMG Petronas are aiming for another victory this weekend at Spa-Francorchamps
Teamwork: Mercedes AMG Petronas are aiming for another victory this weekend at Spa-Francorchamps
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The 2014 F1 World Championship season resumes this weekend in Belgium following its midsummer break.

The Spa-Francorchamps circuit, set deep in the Ardennes region of Belgium, is as famous as any race track in the world and is one of the most popular venues to host a Grand Prix.

The track is home to some of the sport’s most famous and feared corners, including Eau Rouge, with the many drivers in agreement that Spa offers the ultimate driving challenge as a Grand Prix circuit.

The Brackley-based Mercedes team have so far dominated the 2014 season, with Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton winning all but two races.

The duo are set for a battle to the end of the season as Mercedes-Benz looks to claim an impressive double in both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ championships this year.

Rosberg said this week: “The title race is wide open and it is now a race to the final chequered flag of the season.”

Hamilton, who trails his team-mate by 11 points, added: “I have enjoyed my mid-season break and I am now really keen to resume the season.

“Spa is an amazing track and I’m looking forward to seeing what a new turbocharged car is like through Eau Rouge and the other fast corners.”

The Mercedes duo enjoy a comfortable points lead over their nearest rivals, Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) and Fernando Alonso (Ferrari), although both the chasing drivers are keen to close the gap on their Silver Arrows rivals.

Alonso said: “Mercedes have an obvious advantage currently but at Ferrari we have been working hard to close the gap. I think the end of the season will be very exciting for the whole sport.”

The Silverstone-based Sahara Force India team are also hopeful of success at a track they have done well at in the past. German Nico Hulkenberg and Mexican Sergio Perez will drive the Mercedes-powered Force India cars.

The team’s owner, Vijay Mallya, said: “The 2014 season has been good for my team so far but we are determined to make the end of the season even better and we aim to score points in every race until the end of the year.”