Lewis Hamilton must keep the pressure on Sebastian Vettel at the Belgian Grand Prix to maintain his slim title chances when the Formula One season resumes following its midseason break.
While Ferrari has slipped behind the pace in recent races, Mercedes is finally adding consistency to its undoubted speed to give Hamilton an outside shot at closing the gap on championship leader Vettel.
Hamilton, the 2008 champion, is fourth overall and has nine races left and 48 points to make up on the three-time defending champion.
But Mercedes has won three of the past five races and Hamilton has clinched three consecutive pole positions -- the last three weeks ago when he drove superbly from the front to win the Hungarian GP in Budapest.
"It's been a really positive season for me," said Hamilton, who made a high-profile switch from McLaren.
"Everyone was talking me down at the beginning of the year. Some things were said about being the right or wrong decision, and that it was a mistake," ...