McLaren teammates Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo have voiced their excitement ahead of Round 13 at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium this weekend.
The team are sitting in fourth in the Constructor’s Standings and will need to beat Ferrari this time out in order to resume their place in third.
Lando however is comfortably in third in the driver’s standings with 113 points, and says he “can’t wait to head back to Spa to get the season back underway.”
Speaking this evening, the 21-year-old said; “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.”
Meanwhile, his Aussie McLaren teammate, Daniel Ricciardo is in ninth in the standings after many ups and downs through the first half of the season as he settles into his new team.
The 32-year-old says he is “looking forward to going racing again at Spa, which is an awesome circuit”, and that “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 weekend also marks Ricciardo’s 200th Grand Prix. Speaking about the achievement he said; “It’s 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.”
Proceedings kick off on Friday morning at 10:30 am for Free Practice.