Can the championship leader further extend his 11-point advantage at the top of the drivers’ standings with now only eight grand prixs left in the calendar, or will the second-placed Briton be able to get the win he needs to breathe new life into his title bid?
Yesterday we saw the first Mercedes front row lock-out since the Canadian Grand Prix. Nico Rosberg, who has been the undisputed King of Saturdays this year, took his fourth straight pole position. This will be the first of those four he will have started with a Mercedes alongside him, however, meaning the drive down to Eau Rouge will be thrilling to watch.
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says it is inevitable that his team will not be able to please both its drivers all of the time, but that it has learned from the events of Hungary.
Fernando Alonso believes Ferrari can target a podium finish in today’s Belgian Grand Prix after qualifying in fourth place. The wet conditions at Spa on Saturday appeared to suit Ferrari, with Alonso admitting he was surprised how competitive the car has been so far this weekend. With both Williams cars behind him Alonso concedes it will be a tough race but is encouraged enough by the pace shown on Friday to believe a second consecutive podium is a realistic target.
“We’ll see, I think the possibility is there, no doubt,” Alonso said. “We are in a good position in fourth and we have some people around us with good race pace, like [Daniel] Ricciardo and the Williams and we need to fight hard to be on the podium. But we know the Mercedes, even if they look very quick, they have had some mechanical problems in the last races and we need to be there to take any opportunities.”
Meanwhile, Lotus’ Daniele Casanova is believed to be on his way to Ferrari following the path trodden just over a year ago by James Allison.
According to F1 Racing Magazine, Gianpiero Lambiase has been appointed Sebastian Vettel’s race engineer for 2015 following an internal promotion for Guillaume Rocquelin at Red Bull.
“I’m feeling very good and happy to be starting out front. I have a good car so everything is possible. The team has worked hard on reliability so that shouldn’t be a concern today,” says pole-sitter Nico Rosberg. “It’s a very special race here and it would be great to win here.”