Nico Rosberg took his fourth successive pole in Belgium on Saturday, but significantly, for the first time since Canada five races ago, his Mercedes team mate and title rival Lewis Hamilton will line up alongside him on the grid.
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That raises the tantalising prospect of a race-long battle between two drivers whose strained relationship was almost pushed to breaking point at the last round in Hungary when Hamilton ignored requests to move over for Rosberg, who was on a different pit strategy.
That hard-nosed decision paid dividends for the Briton as he finished ahead of his German colleague, but though Rosberg snatched back the advantage in qualifying at Spa, Hamilton will take heart from the fact that unlike in Austria, Great Britain, Germany and Hungary, he’ll be able to attack his team mate from the start in Belgium.
Rosberg will be hoping to keep his advantage over Hamilton in the race for the individual crown, with both drivers knowing that victory here could be the start of something significant, as the second half of the season heats up with some exciting races that will come thick and fast.
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