August 21st, 2013 (F1plus).- The Brackley-based team has become the main threat to Red Bull after having consolidated the fastest package in the last Grand Prix.
Belgium's race will be crucial in order to confirm the definite improvement of the Germans. Mercedes will come with an aerodynamic package tailored to Spa where they are big favorites to dominate the weekend.
Nico Rosberg says the Belgian track is one of the best of the year and states that all drivers love this race.
“It’s a great feeling to drive through the fast corners, and particularly taking Eau Rouge at full throttle”, said Nico.
“The Belgian Grand Prix is always a special one as it's very close to Germany and so a lot of our home fans will be there for the weekend, along with some of my friends”, added the German.
“The layout and nature of the track should suit our car, although it does require very low downforce so we will have a different aerodynamic specification to the last race”, continued the 28 years old driver.
“I can't wait to be back in my Silver Arrow and I hope it will be a successful weekend for us”, concluded Rosberg.
On the other hand, Lewis Hamilton said he’s anxious to drive again after his strong finish in Hungary.
“I was at the factory yesterday to meet up with my engineers and get in some practice on the simulator so it was nice to see everyone and to feel the enthusiasm around the factory after the summer break”, said Lewis.
“Spa is a fantastic circuit and it's so much fun to drive. We're all looking forward to the second half of the season and the opportunity to bring home some more good results”, added the English driver.
Meanwhile, team principal Ross Brawn says there has been much activity in Brackley headquarters this week in order to address this Grand Prix.
“After a well-deserved summer break, the factory has been a hive of activity this week as we prepare for the Belgian Grand Prix and the start of the second half of the Formula One season”, declared Brawn.
“Both Nico and Lewis have been in the factory with us this week to start our preparations on the simulator and both are raring to get back into the car again”, continued the English engineer.
“Spa is one of Formula One's most historic circuits with its characteristics loved by drivers, fans and the teams alike, and we often see some exciting and dramatic racing there”, recognized Brawn.
“As usual, we will have a unique aerodynamic package adapted to the Spa layout. We finished the first half of the season on a high and will be aiming for an equally strong second half”, concluded the legendary engineer.
Finally, Toto Wolff, Mercedes team executive director, recognized that the first half has exceeded the team's expectations and hopes best performances in the second.
“On paper, Spa is a circuit that should suit our car, and Nico and Lewis will be at their best on a real driver's circuit”, said Wolff.
“We have a strong all-round package at the moment and good momentum after our win in Hungary. However everybody will bring a special low-drag package for this circuit, so we won't know who has found the best compromise before we start running on Friday”, added the Austrian.
“We cannot take anything for granted in terms of performance and Spa is always a demanding circuit for reliability. The key will be to do our homework well in practice in order to achieve a strong race result for the team”, concluded Wolff.