There has been no shortage of enthusiasm for Formula One's return to Spa-Francorchamps this coming weekend and Rubens Barrichello is as keen as anyone. Absent in 2003, the Belgian Grand Prix was reinstated for 2004 and the drivers are impatient to...
There has been no shortage of enthusiasm for Formula One's return to Spa-Francorchamps this coming weekend and Rubens Barrichello is as keen as anyone. Absent in 2003, the Belgian Grand Prix was reinstated for 2004 and the drivers are impatient to get out on track at Spa, one of motorsport's renowned circuits.
"I am looking forward to returning to Spa as it is a fantastic circuit," said Barrichello. "I hope they have just made a few modifications to some of the high speed sections in the interest of safety. Apart from that, driving there is a phenomenal sensation."
The Brazilian made it a Ferrari one-two in Hungary, where he and winner Michael Schumacher celebrated their team's sixth consecutive constructors' championship. Barrichello believes Ferrari will continue strongly at Spa but is wary of rivals.
"I am sure we can have a good weekend as our car seems to go well at every type of track," he commented. "But we will have to wait and see how the weekend develops."
"In Hungary, we had a tyre that really made the difference in our favour, but Formula 1 technology never sleeps and there are so many people fighting for second place in the Constructors' Championship, that I am sure they will be working hard to provide strong competition."
"We have to keep on working, even though the car is fantastic and seems to get better and better. Knowing what the weather can be like in this part of the world, we might even get the opportunity to see what our car is like in the wet."
"I am confident we have made progress with the whole package in this area, but we have not had the chance to find out yet this season, how we match up to the opposition. I hope we still have the advantage."
The Ferrari duo scored a one-two finish the last time F1 raced at Spa in 2002, with Schumacher leading Barrichello. This time around Rubens will be looking to claim the top step of the podium himself -- if Michael wins, the 2004 drivers' title will be the German's.