Sebastian Vettel believes Mercedes will be the team to beat at this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix as Formula 1 hits the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, one of the fastest tracks on the calendar.

Mercedes and Ferrari have been evenly-matched at the front of the field for much of the season so far, winning a combined 10 races.

Mercedes appeared to pull clear in the development race with a dominant one-two finish at Silverstone in July, only for Ferrari to strike back with victory in Hungary two weeks later.

With the high-speed nature of Silverstone offering some similarities to this weekend’s race at Spa, Vettel reckons Mercedes will be the team to beat and enjoy an edge over Ferrari.

“I think if we had to race at Silverstone again, I think we would do a lot better. We just didn't get a very good weekend altogether,” Vettel said.

“It's true that Mercedes is very strong there. The fact that it's likely to be similar here, obviously for us makes it fairly straightforward. I think we have only to gain.

“Because of how strong they were at Silverstone and some similarities, I would say they are the favourites coming here.

“But for sure we're not going to settle behind them. We're going to attack, and we'll see what we can do.”

 

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