Jerome D'Ambrosio says he is excited about the prospect of competing in his home F1 race for the first time this weekend at Spa.
D'Ambrosio has been the first Belgian driver in the sport for almost 20 years this season after moving up from GP2 with the Marussia Virgin team with the rookie taking a best finish of 14th in both Australia and Canada.
With Spa being one of his favourite circuits, D'Ambrosio said he was eager to his the track for the first time in an F1 machine on what will be a 'special weekend' in his career.
“I have been looking forward to my first Formula One Belgian Grand Prix for a very long time, and now that the weekend has finally arrived I have to say that I am really excited and I can't wait to race in front of my home fans,” he said. “It's been a long time since Belgium had a Formula One driver - exactly 18 years since Thierry Boutsen last raced in an F1 car. So it's going to be a very special weekend both for me and the fans and I'm going to try to enjoy every moment.
“There's nothing like racing at home and Spa is clearly one of my absolute favourite circuits. Its layout gives everything one could want as a driver - fast corners, hills and long straights. It really is one of the most challenging laps in the world. And we can't forget the legendary corner of Eau Rouge. It's just amazing!
“I am now fully prepared for the weekend in Spa and I'm really looking forward to getting back in the car and racing at home.”
Team-mate Timo Glock said he too was looking forward to returning to action following the summer break in Belgium.
“After the back-to-back races of Germany and Hungary it was really nice to have a break and relax, but now I can't wait for the second part of the year,” he said. “To come back racing in Spa is a perfect way to pick up the rest of the season. It's one of my favourite races, it's a fascinating layout and a historical circuit.
“The track is very fast and long, with some very tricky corners, so any small mistake ruins the lap. The weather is often a factor, especially due to its changeable conditions. Rain can come very quickly here, but this is part of the thrill of racing here. I'm really excited and I'm looking forward to the weekend ahead.”