Spa, home to this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix, is a fantastic circuit and a definite challenge for the engineers and drivers. Sectors 1 and 3 require low drag, while Sector 2 requires maximum downforce, so a well compromised set-up is crucial for getting a quick lap time. Spa is a real driver’s circuit and one of the greatest layouts F1 has on the calendar.
The Williams team will have new front and rear wings, plus some mechanical changes for the FW32 for this race and they are also looking forward to celebrating Rubens Barrichello’s 300 Grand Prix event, an impressive achievement!
“Spa is a great racing circuit. I took my first pole there and have won at Spa while racing in the lower categories so I’m looking forward to it. It’s always a challenging track and I imagine it will be even more so now we are carrying full tanks,” he said.
“It can be quite tricky in terms of car set-up because it’s so long, and you need to have a car fast enough to take on corners like La Source and Eau Rouge. It really all depends on the aero efficiency of the car as to what your lap time is. Drivers tend to go for quite different downforce levels at Spa so there’s always opportunities chance to overtake.”
“This race will be my 300th in Formula One. I feel very privileged to have been in the sport for such a long time and it feels great to reach this milestone. I still think I am at the top of my game and plan to continue being competitive long past my 300th GP!”
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