Fernando Alonso is hoping to break his duck at Spa as he looks for his first Belgian Grand Prix win, a race at which he has always suffered bad luck in the past.
Despite taking 32 wins in his Formula One Career for Renault, Mclaren and Ferrari, Alonso has never tasted victory at Spa, with a second place in 2005 the best he has to show from nine attempts.
The double world champion had his Belgian Grand Prix ended at La Source last year, after being involved in a spectacular first corner accident with Romain Grosjean, which saw the Frenchman launch his Lotus over the top of Alonso’s Ferrari.
Despite a history of bad luck at Spa, which has seen the 32-year-old retire from five of the nine Belgian Grand Prix which he has entered, Alonso is hopeful that he can get his title challenge back on track with a strong result around the daunting Ardennes circuit, which he describes as “very special.”
“I did well in 2005 when I came second and also back in Formula 3000”, he said. “So far, I’ve never been in with a real chance of fighting for the win and I’ve often retired at Spa, usually for reasons of plain bad luck or with technical problems or down to my own mistakes.
“It would be great to make up for that this year, picking up all those lost points.
“It is a very special circuit that always gets your adrenalin pumping, what with the way the track rises and falls and the very quick corners, which all go to make it a really fantastic experience for a driver.
“One lap of Spa is like twenty at any other track, in terms of the excitement and adrenalin it generates.”
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