Lewis Hamilton claims he is in a good position to fight for victory in the Belgian Grand Prix, despite qualifying fourth on the grid and finishing a comfortable margin behind his key title rivals.

Heading into a crucial stage of the Formula 1 World Championship as he looks to protect an increasingly fragile advantage at the head of the standings, Hamilton rarely looked in contention for pole position and duly showed as much at the end when his best lap left him four tenths off pole position.

Nonetheless, the Brit was pleased to have found some time on his final run compared to his first attempt, Hamilton even hinting that an alternative strategy, concocted on the premise that Ferrari would be strongest, could play him into the race and help him challenge at the front.

"It was a decent qualifying for us and I think that we did a good job," he concluded. "The first session wasn't great, but I made some improvements to my driving and managed to find the time in the second session. I thought my final lap was really good, with no mistakes.

"It is always possible to win, and I am pretty confident that I have a strong strategy. We knew the Ferarris would be quick, and it will be an interesting race; anything can hap pen on the way down to the first corner and obviously the re is a long straight where you can overtake."

 

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