Schumacher set for another Spa landmark

© Ubaid Parkar, 24 August 2012
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Michael Schumacher’s affinity with the Spa-Francorchamps circuit continues as the season resumes after the break with the Belgian Grand Prix next weekend.

The seven-time world champion made his Formula 1 debut at the track in the Ardennes in 1991 and clinched his first of his 91 career victories in the series in the following year.

And now for the second year in succession, Spa- Francorchamps will be a special occasion for the veteran following from his 20th anniversary last year by celebrating his 300th Grand Prix this time around.

"Spa is like my living room; for me, it's clearly the number one race track in the world,” Schumacher said. “It's uncanny how I always seem to have special moments there - my debut, my first win, a world championship victory and many great races.

“The fact that I will also take part in my 300th Grand Prix at Spa was somehow almost inevitable and we will have to celebrate it in the right way,” he pointed out. “I'm proud to be just the second driver in the history of the sport to reach this milestone and there's no question that we are looking to have a particularly nice weekend.”

The 43-year-old is going through a torrid season this year – his worst in F1 – with just 29 points placing him a lowly 12th in the drivers’ standings but the Mercedes driver chose to be optimistic instead.

“We delivered a good performance in Spa last year,” Schumacher said referring to the fifth place finish he achieved after starting last on the grid. “I'll be doing everything possible to drive a strong race.”

 

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