August, 29 2012
Red Bull Racing drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber have earmarked this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix as a key race in the fight for the F1 drivers’ championship.
Both drivers are chasing Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, who has opened a 40-point lead at the top of the standings. But, if ever a circuit was going to bring a slice of good fortune to the German and Australian, it is the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.
It was at Spa last year that Vettel – on his way to becoming the world champion for a second consecutive occasion – claimed victory with a technically assured performance. Webber also put in a great showing that weekend to secure an impressive second podium finish.
It is no surprise then that Spa ranks very highly in the minds of the Red Bull drivers.
“The Spa circuit is defined by the surrounding nature and it’s one of my favourite tracks. I was very happy to have won there last year”, said Vettel, who currently sits third in the title race on 122 points.
“Spa offers every type of racing corner; ultra-fast, medium-fast and slow chicanes, that alternate with fast straights.
“The difference in altitude and the unpredictable weather really make the track a big challenge – and it’s one that every racing driver loves to compete on.”
Though Webber has experienced a dip in recent form he remains one of the few drivers who can realistically challenge Alonso. Bettering last year’s performance, and adding to his two grands prix victories this season, would be the perfect tonic.
"It's one of the classic tracks where you feel like an F1 car belongs on the circuit. We're looking forward to going there and challenging for the victory," said the Australian, who this week celebrated his birthday.
"Spa is extremely rewarding for drivers. It's remained pretty much unchanged for some time and it has a lot of character.
“Eau Rouge is a very special part of the track, the spectators love going to watch the cars there and I would encourage anyone to see it live once in their lives - it's mind blowing."
Red Bull Racing-Renault currently leads the constructors’ championship with 246 points and has a strong lead over McLaren, Lotus and Ferrari.