Although the English education system is not due to kick back into gear for another couple of weeks, Lewis Hamilton is eager to return in a bid to teach his rivals a timely lesson.
The F1 world championship leader suffered his worst result of the season by finishing sixth in the Hungarian Grand Prix and has had three weeks to mull over exactly what went wrong, but is now ready to put Budapest behind him and get back on track at one of his favourite venues – Spa-Francorchamps.
“It's been good to take a break from racing and spend some time relaxing, training and recharging the batteries but, of course, there's always that flame in the back of your mind that just wants to get back out there and get on it – especially after a race like Hungary,” admitted Hamilton, who was spotted with another rumoured 'flame', singer Rihanna, at Barbados' Crop Over Festival and other places during the break.”
Ironically, with Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg suffering a late race puncture after also clashing with Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo – as Hamilton did earlier in the race – the Briton actually increased his world championship lead by four points heading into the summer break, with 21 points now separating the pair with nine rounds still remaining. Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel moved closer to the Mercedes duo with victory in Hungary, however, and Hamilton is keen to redress the balance as F1 heads for the Ardennes.
“Spa is a great track to kick off the second part of the season,” he insisted, “It's one of the really great old-school circuits, with so much history. It's mostly medium- to high-speed corners, so you're pretty much pedal to the metal the whole way round, which is a lot of fun.”
Last year's race ended badly for Hamilton after a contentious clash with Rosberg, but spurred the Briton into a end-of-season run that ultimately clinched his second world title. Hamilton's eight-race record at Spa shows only one win – with McLaren in 2010 – but he will be looking to add to the two poles and five front row starts by taking his tally of 2015 qualifying successes into double figures on Saturday.
“It's always special to come out on top at a classic race like this, so I remember winning here well,” he concluded, “I love this track and I'll be gunning for that top spot again.”