I'm here to win, says Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton

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The 32-year-old Briton is 14 points behind Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel with nine races remaining and has yet to take an outright lead in the championship against a formidable opponent.

Red Bull also ran the purple-marked compound and although fourth and fifth, the RB13 was 0.8s adrift of Raikkonen around the fast, sweeping Spa-Francorchamps circuit.

In the sister Mercedes, Valtteri Bottas had a less fruitful day as he finished sixth in FP1 and third in FP2, the Finn feeling he has ground to make up heading into the remainder of the weekend.

Britain and Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton.

After the three practise sessions on Friday and Saturday, qualifying for the Belgium Grand Prix starts at 1pm on Saturday afternoon with the race 24 hours later.

"When you have been racing for so long you would think that the passion and desire to win would fade, but it is stronger than ever, and that's exciting for me".

While Kimi Raikkonen topped the morning session for Ferrari, Hamilton was just five hundredths of a second off the pace and ahead of Vettel despite running the soft tyre compared to the ultra-soft Scuderia.

Spa-Francorchamps: Kimi Raikkonen on Thursday urged Ferrari to re-sign championship leader Sebastian Vettel and revealed that his love of racing was the only reason he had chose to continue next year. Although he said the balance of his vehicle was not quite ideal, the four-time champion said the onus was on him to adapt his driving ahead of Saturday's qualifying session. Bottas also had a unusual moment where he was allowing a auto on a flying lap through at Turn 13 but ended up hitting the barrier. The damage was significant and leaves Williams needing to change the chassis, which the team admits means it is "a long shot" that it will be able to fix the vehicle in time to run during FP2.

"For me I was not so happy. We just didn't get a very good weekend but it's true that Mercedes was very strong there", he said. Ferrari, he claims, have learned the lesson of the drubbing at Silverstone, which as a circuit shares many of Spa's characteristics without the descents and climbs, and though he concedes Mercedes have an edge, he expects Ferrari to be closer.

"For sure we can go faster".

"I'm not happy with myself, not happy with the auto, so I think we have a little bit to come", he said.

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