Belgian GP pole-sitter Hamilton the man to beat at Spa

PUBLISHED: 13:09 07 September 2008 | UPDATED: 22:24 26 October 2009

Lewis Hamilton is back on track at Spa  Pictures courtesy of www.mclaren.com

Lewis Hamilton is back on track at Spa Pictures courtesy of www.mclaren.com

SECURING pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix with a peerless drive in qualifying completed a remarkable turnaround in fortunes for Lewis Hamilton. The Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver was almost forced to miss the European Grand Prix at Valencia a fo

Lewis Hamilton talking with his race engineers

SECURING pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix with a peerless drive in qualifying completed a remarkable turnaround in fortunes for Lewis Hamilton.

The Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver was almost forced to miss the European Grand Prix at Valencia a fortnight ago after suffering a fever and neck spasms on the Saturday.

He still managed to take part in qualifying and race and took a creditable second place behind Ferrari's Felipe Massa.

However, he's now in top physical condition for the 13th round of the World Championship at the demanding and challenging Spa-Francorchamps circuit deep in the heart of Ardennes.

The 23-year-old from Tewin said: "I have come here feeling better than ever and more and more comfortable in the car.

"The preparation has been fantastic. As you can see I am stoked and I am struggling not to smile."

Speaking on Saturday after securing pole position ahead of great rival Massa, Hamilton was confident of a good showing in the race itself.

He ominously warned: "Tomorrow is going to be a challenging day for all of us but with the pace and the package we have we are going to be hard to beat."

Hamilton currently sits six points clear of Massa in the race for the world title.

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