Lewis Hamilton fastest at rain soaked Spa-Francorchamps

Lewis Hamilton puts his Mercedes car through its paces

Lewis Hamilton puts his Mercedes car through its paces

Michael Schumacher's teenage son Mick will mark the 25th anniversary of the German legend's first Formula One victory by driving demonstration laps in a 1994 Benetton at this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix.

On paper, at least, the fast sweeps and long straights of the 7-kilometer long Spa-Francorchamps circuit should play to the strengths of Hamilton's Mercedes.

The Scuderia has struggled to match MercedesAMG racers on high-speed circuits like Spa, we will hold see if MBZAMG has the edge when the F1 season resumes at the weekend. Stretching 4.35 miles, Spa is so big that it's not unusual to have varying weather conditions at different parts of the track. Pirelli has nominated its ultrasoft compound for the first time at Spa, together with its supersoft and soft compounds.

He was closely followed by Ferrari's Kimi Räikkönen and fellow Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas.

Refreshed from Formula One's summer vacation, Lewis Hamilton gets back to the business of trying to close the gap on championship leader Sebastian Vettel at this weekend's Belgian GP. What's more, it set an F1 record at the 2016 European Grand Prix when it changed all four of Felipe Massa's tires in 1.92 seconds.

Nico Rosberg tasted the Champagne with a comfortable lights-to-flag victory as title rival and Mercedes teammate Hamilton changed the majority of his power unit components, taking a 60-place grid penalty before climbing to third place in the race.

Meanwhile, McLaren's Fernando Alonso was plagued by DRS problems throughout, an issue that resulted in his disappointing 13th-placed time.

The Wantage, England-based team is adding professional motorcycle rider and British TV personality, Guy Martin, to its pit crew for Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix, Williams announced Wednesday.

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