McLaren Looking Forward to Spa Race
Both the drivers and the team have made optimistic declarations, revealing their confidence in the progress the team has made with the car.
This arrives at a perfect time for the German engine manufacturer to underline its technological resources as it tries to sign a future deal with Red Bull Racing, who is unhappy with the current Renault engines.
"It’s a magnificent circuit, a place where you can really push the limits of a Formula 1 car: driving through Eau Rouge, Pouhon or Blanchimont is an incredible sensation - your whole body is on the limit and you are still pushing to go faster still. I love Spa – I don’t think it should ever leave the Formula 1 calendar", said Lewis Hamilton, hoping to mark his hat-trick victory in Belgium.
"Despite making some major improvements to MP4-24, we go to Spa knowing that the circuit’s high-speed configuration is unlikely to play to our strengths of our car. Having said that, our new technical package makes us confident that we’ll be a strong contender for points as we look to improve on our fourth position in the constructors’ championship", revealed Martin Whitmarsh, McLaren's team principal.
"Spa will be a big challenge for everybody in the team and I don’t see us in a position to perform there as well as in the previous two races. Nevertheless, we approach the second grand prix which will be held within eight days after the summer break with great impetus and very positively - at least, our hit rate there was not so bad in the previous eight grands prix", said Norbert Haug vice-president, Mercedes-Benz Motorsport.