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Belgian GP: Preview - McLaren

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24/08/2021

Lando Norris: "I can't wait to head back to Spa to get the season back underway. After a bit of a break to unwind and prepare for the second half of the year, I'm looking forward to getting back into the car. The Belgian GP is a special race. Firstly, it's one of my favourite circuits on the calendar with a really flowing and high-speed layout. The Radillon and Eau Rouge sequence is one of the most exciting on the entire calendar, and it's really cool to take these corners flat out in a modern F1 car. Secondly, it's home for a lot of my family, which always makes racing there a special occasion. I definitely feel the love from the fans out there too, so I'm looking forward to getting out on track and giving them a good show. We've had a great start to the season in the first half of the year, so now the focus is on picking that back up and carrying that through until the end of the season."

Daniel Ricciardo: "After a few weeks away from Formula 1, I'm looking forward to going racing again at Spa, which is an awesome circuit. It's the perfect track to come back to with its high-speed sections and dramatic elevation changes. I've been back to work in the simulator at the factory this week in preparation for the weekend and I'm ready to get back at it.

"This is also a special weekend for me as I prepare to line-up for my 200th Grand Prix. If you'd have told me back at Silverstone in 2011, when I made my debut, that I'd hit 200 Grands Prix, I'd certainly have been very excited about it. It's really a cool milestone to hit and definitely one that I'm proud of. I'll be doing everything I can to make it a weekend to remember."

Andreas Seidl, Team Principal: "Following a rest period over the summer shutdown for the team to rest, recharge and get ready for the second half of the season, we're soon ready to go racing again. We're currently in an intense battle with our closest rivals in the Constructors' Championship and we know we'll need to hit the ground running in Spa to keep up the pressure. The circuit at Spa is a really unique and exciting track and presents an interesting challenge for both our engineers and drivers. This grand prix weekend is also a special moment for Daniel and the team, as we celebrate his 200th Grand Prix. To reach this milestone is a really significant achievement and proves the level of experience he's gained over his 10-year career. He joins an elite club of drivers in passing 200 Grands Prix, and we look forward to celebrating the weekend with him.

"As we head into another triple-header, the team are going to be working hard to pick up where we left off at the end of the first half of the season, scoring points at all bar one race. The intense schedule is a challenge for the team, but one we're ready to tackle head-on, both within the trackside team, and the team back at the factory, as well as with our colleagues at Mercedes HPP. I know the entire team are excited to get back out there and give it their all."

Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps

Race laps: 44

Circuit length: 7.004km/4.352 miles

Total race distance: 308.052km/191.414 miles

Number of corners: 19 (nine right, 10 left)

Allocated tyre compounds: Hard: C2, Medium: C3 and Soft: C4

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