Belgian GP Preview

Preview – 2013 Shell Belgian Grand Prix
Nico Hülkenberg (car number 11):
“I am probably not the only driver to say Spa-Francorchamps is one of my favourite circuits. It’s a track with a lot of history. It’s an old school circuit with great corners like Eau Rouge and Pouhon. I have great memories from last year, it was my strongest career finish so far finishing fourth, which was really good. In terms of the car, it’s important to have a really efficient one. There are a lot of medium and high-speed corners, where you need the down force, especially in sector two. But you also need to loose the drag on the straight, because there are long straights, especially out of turn one through Eau Rouge, which is flat, and then again coming back to the start and finish line. There are a lot of straights, so top speed is also important. The Ardennes area of Belgium has a really nice atmosphere and I enjoy going to there.”
たぶん、スパ-フランコルシャンがお気に入りの一人だって言うドライバーは僕だけじゃないよね。多くの歴史があるトラックで、オールージュやプーオン(Pouhon)のような素晴らしいコーナーがある。去年のスパは僕のF1キャリアベストのフィニッシュ(4位)で、素晴らしい思い出になった。クルマの観点では、かなり効率的であることが重要だ。中速から高速コーナーがたくさんあって、ダウンフォースが必要だ。特にセクター2では。でもストレートではドラッグを落とす必要がある。ロングストレートが複数あるからだ。特にT1を抜けてからオールージュにかけてはフラットだし、スタート&フィニッシュラインもそう。直線区間がたくさんあるから、トップスピードも(ダウンフォースと)同じくらい大切だ。ベルギーのアルデンヌ地方はとてもいい雰囲気だから、訪れるのをいつも楽しんでいるよ。

Tom McCullough, Head of Track Engineering:
“After the August break the whole team feels refreshed and we are looking forward to the remaining nine races. Spa-Francorchamps is a favourite track for many engineers and drivers as the track requirements are different to the majority of the tracks we visit. The circuit efficiency penalises higher levels of drag so the rear wings will return to the medium levels of downforce. As always, we will have to keep an eye on the forecast as this often influences the race weekend in Spa-Francorchamps. The track is made up of primarily medium and high-speed corners with significant flat out sections. Pirelli has selected the medium and hard compounds for our return to Spa. We have improved the competitiveness of the C32 throughout the first half of the season and we aim to capitalise on that between now and the end of the year.”

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