Alonso hoping for change of luck in Belgium

By on Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Fernando-Alonso-German-GP-2013Fernando Alonso says he is hoping to make up for years of misfortune in Belgium by achieving a strong result this weekend.

Alonso has never won the Belgian Grand Prix and has retired from the race on five of his nine attempts.

One of those occasions was last year, when Alonso was the victim of an accident at the start, triggered by Romain Grosjean.

"I did well in 2005 when I came second and also back in Formula 3000," Alonso 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."

"So it would be great to make up for that this year, picking up all those lost points."

In spite of his record in Belgium, Alonso says the challenge of the Spa Francorchamps circuit is 'special'.

"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 20 at any other track, in terms of the excitement and adrenalin it generates."

The nature of the circuit also means that finding the right set-up is tricky, an aspect Alonso is keen to get right this weekend.

"For the best set-up at Spa you need to make a significant aerodynamic compromise, because the first and third sectors are made up entirely of long straights, where you want the minimum downforce, in order to have as much speed as possible and then there’s the middle sector which has plenty of corners where you want the maximum aerodynamic downforce."

"So finding the right balance is always very complex at Spa, which means this is the aspect that we will prioritise in free practice."

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