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Hamilton Sceptical About Spa Chances

Lewis Hamilton has started to downplay his chances of victory or even a decent result at the forthcoming Belgian Grand Prix.

The Briton, who finished 2nd in Valencia and nearly won, on the back of a victory at Hungary reckons his McLaren car will not have the outright pace, nor the high speed downforce needed to challenge for victory at Spa Francorchamps.

Hamilton, the current World Champion, believes that Brawn, Ferarri and Red Bull Racing will be the ones to catch.

“I don’t think we’ll be as competitive as we’ve been at the last few races, because Spa is a circuit where you need a lot of downforce,” Hamilton said on his official website on Monday.

“I think Brawn, Red Bull and even Ferrari will be fast there – it’s a high-speed circuit and Ferrari has always been very quick there, so I’m expecting Kimi to be quick. It should also suit the Red Bulls because it’s very high-speed and flowing and they have great downforce.

“But, like most races these days, it’s going to be very competitive. For ourselves, we need to ensure that we are competitive without KERS, so that when we use it, it will give us the advantage that we need.”

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One response

  1. r3tr0

    Hey, the man knows his car, and I’m sure he knows the limits of its downforce. I guess Ferrari’s more competitive now, and Kimi’s comfortable with Spa, but I still don’t see them being the force that Red Bull and Brawn will be.

    August 26, 2009 at 9:18 pm

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