August 19th, 2013 (F1plus).- Certainly, achieving what Bruce McLaren did in 1968, a victory, the first ever for newly formed team of McLaren will also impossible to match this upcoming weekend at Spa-Francorchamps.
However, there are reasons for the team and its drivers to feel encourage visiting Belgium. For starters, both drivers have scored in consecutive races (after missing to do so for two in row).
Then, truly, it seems the MP4-28 is picking up a bit of the pace, which tells once more about McLaren’s capacity to adjust and develop relying on tis vast resources.
Nevertheless, soon will come a time to switch the development effort almost entirely to 2014.
The summer break is over and the best way to come back to the track is at a place such as Spa-Francorchamps, probably among the top-three favorite racing venue for drivers.
“Spa has always been on my shortlist of favorite circuits in Formula 1. I still remember my first grand prix there, back in 2000, when I out-qualified Michael Schumacher in a Ferrari – that felt pretty special.
“Then I think back to my victory there last year: I had pretty much the perfect weekend – my car was fantastic, I got pole position and just led the whole race. It was one of the most satisfying wins of my career just because I felt strong and confident for the entire weekend.
“The thing about Spa is that it just feels awesome to nail a quick lap around there – you need a car that’s perfectly synced to the driver, because it’s such a long lap, and there are so many big corners, that you need to find that perfect balance. And getting the set-up right – and running flat-out for nearly two minutes – feels incredible.” The 2009 champion said.
As expected, Button concedes victory is out of reach.
“We don’t go to Spa with the package to win, but I’ll still be making the most of every single lap around this place – it’ll still feel incredible.” Concluded Jenson.
The Mexican comes also with better hopes after the progress seen, even though it has been achieved little by little.
"We had a positive race in Hungary, which was a nice way to end the first half of the season. Hopefully, it gave everybody within the team the motivation to return to work after the summer break with renewed focus. I’m certainly feeling incredibly strong and refreshed and am really looking forward to getting back into the cockpit and back to work.
“It’s such a great place – I love fast corners, and the feeling of taking to the car to the limit around such a big and long circuit is incredible. The racing at Spa – particularly with KERS Hybrid and DRS – is usually pretty intense, so I’ll be looking forward to another exciting weekend.” Perez said.