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.
There are few better circuits for Formula One to begin the second half of the season than the glorious Spa-Francorchamps, where this weekend breathtaking speed will be balanced by testing corners and spectacular changes of elevation.
A media company controlled by American tycoon John Malone is leading the battle to buy Formula One with the broadcaster Sky also in the hunt.
Lewis Hamilton has confirmed he will take a grid penalty for Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix after his Mercedes team replaced engine parts.
Britain’s talented former GP2 champion is one of the most popular drivers in the paddock but Jolyon Palmer is struggling to hang on to his drive for next season now, after two disappointing back-to-back performances in Hungary and Germany.
If Nico Rosberg needed some gentle words of encouragement after his vanquishing by Lewis Hamilton in the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim they certainly did not come from the Mercedes head of motorsport, Toto Wolff.
In Germany on Saturday evening Lewis Hamilton spoke out against the rejection of the halo head protection device for 2017 – but perhaps he already has one. For in recent races there has been a nimbus hanging over his colourful helmet, a luminous cloud of stardust that sets him apart from his fellows.
The walls are wobbling at the big red house called Ferrari.
When racehorses are injured beyond repair and have to be put down on the course, large green screens are used to shield spectators from the grisly deed.
Formula One is bracing for another turnaround as important voices in the sport call for a lifting of the radio ban that so compromised Lewis Hamilton’s race in the European Grand Prix in Baku on Sunday.
Lewis Hamilton is still smarting at the decision by Mercedes to switch the mechanics working on his and team-mate Nico Rosberg’s cars at the start of this season – but, as he prepares for Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the last race of the season that will decide which of them win the world title, he said that he will not make his true feelings felt for a while.
Nick Heidfeld may not agree, but his collision with Nicolas Prost in Saturday's Formula E race was great news for the new series.
Mercedes again dominated Formula One testing on Thursday, completing another 185 data-collecting laps, though Ferrari had the fastest car for the third time in four days.
The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve may not demand quite the inch-perfect precision of Monaco but it remains a formidable challenge. The track, sandwiched into the Île Notre-Dame between the 1976 Olympic Games rowing lake and the St Lawrence river, puts a premium on accuracy, with walls an ever-present threat and little run‑off. It is among the best venues on the current calendar and Lewis Hamilton has, to an extent, made it his own.
Even before he had left Brazil Lewis Hamilton struck an early psychological blow against his rival and Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.
Lewis Hamilton insisted he could still become world champion for a fourth time after fulfilling a lifetime ambition by winning the Brazilian Grand Prix to cut Nico Rosberg’s lead to 12 points going into the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi.