For Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel, nevertheless, the temper will probably be very completely different.
Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix at Spa marks a whole 12 months because the beleaguered Ferrari driver final gained a race and a number of high-profile errors have seen him fall to fourth within the driver standings, 94 factors behind Hamilton.
“It is a sophisticated scenario for them,” Jean-Eric Vergne, former Ferrari take a look at driver and present Components E world champion, instructed CNN. “It is a huge, huge boat to steer and regardless of the resolution a staff like this takes, it takes months or years to see the impact.
“I believe Ferrari is the best Components One staff in historical past and I am very positive that with the folks they’ve on board now, with Charles Leclerc additionally coming in and doing a improbable job, it is only a query of time — not if — however a query of time when they are going to get again to successful races and championships.”
The break maybe got here on the worst time attainable for the game as a complete, following 4 thrilling grands prix that recaptured the creativeness of the general public.
“Everyone noticed the beginning of the F1 season, [it was] type of boring,” Vergne says. “Even now all people is aware of, until one thing huge occurs, that Lewis goes to win, however at the very least you’ll be able to see some combat coming for the for the second a part of the season, which is nice.”
Might time away from the observe be what Ferrari wanted? The Italian producer’s return will present a lift to its followers all all over the world, as Vettel and teammate Charles Leclerc left the sector of their wake in Friday’s first follow session.
Max Verstappen within the Crimson Bull was their nearest challenger however nonetheless nearly a whole second slower than Leclerc.
And it has been Verstappen’s Crimson Bull that has supplied Hamilton along with his sternest take a look at in latest weeks, successful two of the earlier 4 grands prix, together with a surprising drive within the rain in Germany.
It has supplied viewers with an exhilarating battle between arguably the 2 most gifted drivers on the grid.
Spa has been one thing of a house grand for Verstappen — who was born in Belgium however races below the Dutch flag — as tens of hundreds of Dutch followers clad in orange make their technique to the race yearly.
Vergne believes that whereas Ferrari is Mercedes’ greatest menace, Verstappen is the person on the grid Hamilton ought to concern most.
“I believe should you put Max in a Ferrari, he’ll in all probability do the identical type of job as within the Crimson Bull, in all probability even higher,” Vergne says.
“Verstappen is totally outperforming what he ought to [be doing] with this automobile and I believe many individuals would like to see Hamilton and Verstappen in the identical automobile to see what occurs.
“But when Ferrari or Crimson Bull have these two drivers, I believe it is the tip for the opposite groups. You have obtained the 2 finest drivers preventing and it is nice to see.”