After the relatively leisurely ambiance of the August break, during which the regulations force the shutdown of every Formula 1 team for two weeks, the Belgian Grand Prix marks the start of a frenetic run-in.
It's the first of a series of nine races spread over a mere 14 weekends, during which F1 will race on four continents to decide the destiny of the 2013 world championship. Spa is a majestic place to start and what happens there will give the world an idea of what to expect for the rest of the season, even though it's far from the most representative track on the calendar.
Sebastian Vettel leads the drivers' championship by 38 points from Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen, with Fernando Alonso a point further adrift. But all the indications are that the current man to watch is Lewis Hamilton.
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Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.