McLaren expects Lewis Hamilton to be fully fit in time for next week’s Belgian Grand Prix.
The prospect of an injury-free championship leader taking his place on the starting grid should strike fear into Hamilton’s title rivals.
Even though a neck spasm and migraine made him a doubtful starter for the European Grand Prix, he still managed a second-placed finish and extended his championship lead to six points with six races remaining.
The 23-year-old won’t be putting his feet up before the Belgian race. He will test at Monza, the Italian Grand Prix circuit, this week and then participate in a demonstration run on Sunday around the Brands Hatch circuit in southern England during a German touring car event.
Team spirit could be the key to Hamilton’s title prospects. McLaren boss Ron Dennis is keen to stress that his team is an equal opportunities employer which wants to give the maximum chance of winning to both its drivers.
Renault driver Fernando Alonso would dispute Dennis’s claim. He left McLaren last year after complaining that Hamilton had received better treatment than he had.