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McLaren back at scene of triumphs and preparing for repeats in future

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Few circuits stir the heart quite like Spa-Francorchamps, one of the grandest of the grand old tracks. Whether bathed in sunshine or lurking in the rain, sometimes both in the space of the same race, it winds its way through the forests of the Ardennes, a heady mixture of challenge and reward. If Formula One belongs anywhere, it is here and if one team belong here then they are McLaren, who approached this weekend with optimism, if not so much for this race as for a future to match their storied past.

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Nico Rosberg holds aces over Lewis Hamilton ahead of Mexican Grand Prix

Touch, speed, aggression, all tempered by pitch-perfect judgment of the briefest moments have defined some of the greatest drivers in Formula One but the latter, perhaps more so than in any sport, must sometimes ride pillion to blind luck. Both have been key factors in determining how the world championship title fight has evolved this season and one or the other will yet be key here in Mexico.

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