Fresh from a reinvigorating summer break, Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado arrived at the iconic Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps to begin the second half of the 2015 Formula 1 season.
The sun was out at the famous Belgian circuit as the drivers took one of F1’s most scenic track walks through the surrounding forest, hills and twists before starting their media duties ahead of tomorrow’s practice sessions.
Those same track characteristics are what makes the circuit so famous and revered according to both Romain and Pastor.
“It’s good to be back at Spa, it’s a track where you always look forward to racing on it,” said Romain. “Going on Eau Rouge and Raidillon flat out is something else and the weather looks good.”
The challenge of the track extends beyond just two corners, with the Frenchman pointing out that track length makes it one of the more demanding Grand Prix on the calendar.
“It’s the longest track of the year so it’s a two minute long challenge of flat out driving, in the race its long and there’s plenty of overtaking spots where you need good speed and downforce,” said Romain. “Hopefully it’ll be a good race for us and I think this track suits the car and we’re looking forward to trying out the updates and performing here.”
Team-mate Pastor also believes that Spa holds a special place in the Formula 1 calendar.
“It’s magic and legendary here at such a historic circuit,” he said. “I hope we can get a good result and it’s very different to the more recent tracks and that should suit us.”
“It’s a long circuit and we need to find the balance and manage tyre degradation which is very important here.“
With both drivers having experienced plenty of success at Spa in the past, both are well versed in what’s needed for a strong result.
“It’s tough to predict before the weekend, but we should be in the top ten and further up the order than tenth,” he said. “We’re working hard to try and upgrade the car, we’ve been competitive from the off so we’ve been adapting ourselves to the different tracks and conditions.”
“We’re looking forward to what’s ahead and scoring more points. We’re fighting for good positions in the team championship and that’s important for us. With a much needed break now over, the pair reflected on their time away from Enstone and racing.“
I’m looking forward to the second half of the season,” said Pastor. “It was good to unplug from it all for a while but I’m ready to approach an important part of our season.”
Romain also enjoyed time off, enjoying home comforts after a strong first half of the 2015 campaign.
“It was good to have a break with sunshine and family so we’re all geared up for the second part of the season.”