Hamilton rules out a boycott

Spa-Francorchamps and Eau Rouge will demand the engines. Ferrari won the last two editions, but they are far away. Hamilton rules out a boycott.


The myth of everything that surrounds Formula 1 has reached Eau Rouge, that inexplicable curve that, together with Radillon, demands maximum precision from the pilots to scale a wall of 12º slope with double left and right turns and ascent blindly. "It's really easy in qualifying," Ricciardo chafa, "although it's something else in the race." And although it is true that neither these cars nor the current curves are as dangerous as in the past, Spa-Francorchamps has all the ingredients to remain on the podium of the best circuits on the calendar, ahead of almost everyone and behind, perhaps, by Suzuka.

The Belgian track, with more than seven kilometers of route and constant unevenness, will demand the most from the engines. That particularity favors Mercedes, as almost always, but until recently it was not like that: Ferrari has won the last two grands prix, Vettel in 2018 and Leclerc in 2019. "Ugh, we should not expect the performance of last year, that would be very difficult because everything is more difficult for us this season. I will push everything I can to be ahead, I love this circuit and we will see what we can do, "says the Monegasque, with little hope:" I don't think anything different can be done here "It is a track with little downforce. We will suffer in the first sector, but the second is also very important in the lap time and I hope to recover." Last year he achieved an emotional victory dedicated to his friend, Anthoine Hubert, who died a day earlier on that legendary curve, but tragic.

The Italian team faces an exciting racing triplet, including Monza and Mugello, where they will celebrate their 1,000th F1 appearance. The problem, in two motor circuits and two local circuits, that the results can be disappointing.

Hamilton does not consider not racing

Verstappen, for his part, laughs every time he is asked to fight with Mercedes: "There is no top speed, there are very long straights and it is difficult to balance. We have not done well in the past at Spa, but it is still my favorite circuit ". Meanwhile, Hamilton puts the focus back on the tires (the soft range of 'Silverstone 2' is recovered, when Red Bull beat them) and has the Dutchman, who runs almost at home: “If you take the first race, what Max didn't finish, he would be very close to us. Perhaps in qualifying we are the reference, but in the races they are closer ”.

The British, anti-racist icon of motorsport, opted for a less radical message while the NBA is talking about boycotts and suspension of matches. He applauds him: "It is incredible what is being done in America, both by athletes and by the people around them, commentators or presenters and organizations." But he doesn't want to take him to F1: "That's in America. I don't think what I did in Belgium would have much effect. I'm with them, on their part. We have to all be aligned." It will not interfere with the development of the career.Silence in the surroundings

The downside of the grand prize, again, is in the empty stands. Make no mistake, the no-ticket was not hung in all F1 races, but in Spa-Francorchamps, about three hours by car from France, the Netherlands and Germany, the atmosphere was assured, although certain orange fans finished the Sunday unable to distinguish the winner. There are no traffic jams or noise around the track, just a group of mountain bike enthusiasts cross the access. The traditional hotels in the surrounding municipalities, with one week a year marked in red, have not opened. The fans will return to Russia. Too bad there are not many in Sochi.

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