Formula One returns: Can anyone catch Lewis Hamilton?
Lewis Hamilton ended the first half of the season on a high in Hungary — atoning for the disappointment of a ninth-place finish in Germany — by putting in a stunning drive to eliminate Max Verstappen's 20-second lead and surge ahead with just three laps remaining.For Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel, however, the mood will be very different.Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix at Spa marks an entire year since the beleaguered Ferrari driver last won a race and a host of high-profile errors have seen him fall to fourth in the driver standings, 94 points behind Hamilton."It's a complicated situation for them," Jean-Eric Vergne, former Ferrari test driver and current Formula E world champion, told CNN. "It's a massive, massive boat to steer and whatever the decision a team like this takes, it takes months or years to see the effect. "I think Ferrari is the greatest Formula One team in history and I'm very sure that with the people they have on board now, with Charles Leclerc also coming in and doing a fantastic job, it's just a question of time — not if — but a question of time when they're going to get back to winning races and championships."READ: Lewis Hamilton storms from behind to win thrilling Hungarian Grand PrixREAD: Ferrari youngster Charles Leclerc dreams of 'becoming world champion'The break perhaps came at the worst time possible for the sport as a whole, following four thrilling grands prix that recaptured the imagination of the public.Criticism leveled at Formula One for becoming a Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes procession is not unfounded, though the races in Hungary, Germany, Britain and Austria were anything but."Everybody saw the start of the F1 season, [it was] kind of boring," Vergne says. "Even now everybody knows, unless something massive happens, that Lewis is going to win, but at least you can see some fight coming for the for the second part of the season, which is great."Could time away from the track be what Ferrari needed? The Italian manufacturer's return will provide a boost to its fans all around the world, as Vettel and teammate Charles Leclerc left the field in their wake in Friday's first practice session.Max Verstappen in the Red Bull was theRead More – Source