The nine days that will define Ferrari's season

The nine days that will define Ferrari's season

Ferrari has come into the Belgian Grand Prix under pressure, following missed opportunities to win in Germany and Hungary. If the Scuderia can't maintain and capitalise on its chances at Spa and Monza then its title hopes could be doomed

Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel head into the business end of the Belgian Grand Prix weekend playing catch-up in the world championship. Based on all indications so far, they potentially have the pace to cut into Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton's advantage both at Spa and in next weekend's Monza race - but it might not be as easy as some predicted.

If Vettel can bounce back from rain-inspired disappointments in both the German and Hungarian Grands Prix, he will at least cut Hamilton's 24-point lead to 10 - fewer if Kimi Raikkonen can back him up. But if Ferrari falls short, the landscape will be very different heading into the last seven races of the season.

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