Lewis Hamilton back from his summer break ready to reel in Fernando Alonso


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Lewis Hamilton returns refreshed from Formula One's mid-season break with renewed hope he can again become world champion.

After a five-week gap between races, the action resumes this weekend with the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps.

Winning the last race in Hungary at the end of last month at least sent Hamilton and McLaren into the summer hiatus on a high, renewing belief that, despite a 47-point gap to Fernando Alonso, the Ferrari driver, can be caught. Hamilton said: "My win in Hungary was a fantastic way to go into the summer break. It had the added bonus of sending the whole team away for their holidays with a positive feeling in their hearts.

"It's also given me the hope and assurance that we can come back with a real chance to go for both world championships."

As the longest track on the F1 circuit at 4.4 miles, and given the capricious nature of the weather in the Ardennes region in which it sits, Spa has the habit of hosting the unexpected. It is a fact Hamilton appreciates, although for now he cannot wait to simply get back inside his car. "Spa is one of the best circuits in the world. It's always a buzz to nail a fast lap around there," he said.