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Lewis Hamilton is the man to beat in Formula 1

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The Formula 1 summer break will leave some time to the Mercedes' team to give Lewis Hamilton a perfect car for the second-half of the season.

The British driver faced several technical problems during qualifying that had left him staring bottom of the grid a few times this season, with most recently starting from pit lane after his car caught fire in the Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying.

Team-mate Nico Rosberg is currently leading the driver Championship by 11 points after Hamilton narrowed the gap last weekend, but starting with a fresh car in the Belgium Grand Prix, in four weeks, will leave Hamilton flying high and threatening his team-mate for the title.

Technical issues

Compared to Rosberg who finished for the first time out of the podium last week, claiming fourth place, Hamilton's inferior points are due to two retirements he suffered so far this season.

Although the Briton could not finish the race in the first Grand Prix of the season in Australia due to an engine rupture and in Canada with brake issues, Hamilton is still a serious title contender.

The driver to beat

Mercedes' British driver started 20th in Germany after he crashed in qualifying and changed his gearbox but had managed to finish third. By repeating the same tremendous feat in Hungary, starting 22nd from the pit lane, Hamilton has placed himself as the driver to beat.

The British driver claimed his first World Champion title in 2008, in only his second season in Formula 1 with McLaren and only poor cars have prevented him from adding to that tally.

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Hamilton has claimed four pole positions so far this season while Rosberg has started from front five times. But five victories compared to Rosberg's four demonstrates the efficient and skilful driver the English pilot is in his Mercedes.

Coming back with a perfect car in August will push Hamilton for a second tittle if Rosberg cannot resist to his teammate high pressure to claim his first ever.

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