Date: 5th September 2013 at 8:24am
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During Formula One’s summer break, a lot of people in the paddock and the media talked up Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton’s hopes of challenging for the F1 titles.

Despite a big deficit in points in both the Formula One drivers World Championship and the F1 constructors standings, it appeared that after Mercedes performance in Hungary that the Silver Arrows could take the challenge to Red Bull and Sebastian Vettel over the final half of the season.

But in Belgium, that optimism soon disappeared, whilst Hamilton did manage to put his Mercedes on pole, he once again didn’t have the race pace to challenge for the victory.

His Mercedes severely lacked in speed down the low downforce straights, leaving the 2008 Formula One World Champion a sitting duck, something that both Vettel and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso took advantage of over the course of the race.

Hamilton eventually finished 27 seconds behind Vettel, but Mercedes are hopeful that they will not experience the same performance issues at Monza.

‘In Monza, we will use a refined version of the low-drag package introduced at Spa,’ Mercedes Executive Director Toto Wolff told Sky Sports.

‘We hope to see an improvement in race pace after the lessons we learned over the race weekend in Belgium.’