Daniel Ricciardo admits that his past experience of the Spa circuit will count for little this weekend when he prepares to make his first appearance in the Belgian Grand Prix.
The Australian was successful at the Ardennes circuit earlier in his career while competing in British F3 but has yet to sample an F1 car at the venue ahead of this weekend's race.
Having made solid progress throughout his races to date with HRT, Ricciardo will hope to close the gap to team-mate Tonio Liuzzi at a circuit he believes will suit the Spanish outfit.
"Among several memories from my 55 career podiums, I started from pole and won one of the last Formula 3 British races in Spa in 2009, so it's a circuit that I know,” he said. “In the small formula cars it gets boring because you run out of power on all those long straights, but I'm really looking forward to driving a Formula One car there. The weather is always a question mark. I love the middle sector and its great flow. It's one of the best circuits and should suit us well.”
Team-mate Liuzzi has also enjoyed success at Spa in the past and welcomed the chance to kick-start the second half of the year at the famous circuit.
"Spa Francorchamps is every driver's favourite circuit, because of its high-speed nature and the challenge it represents,” he said. “Our car should be better suited to tracks like this, so I'm really looking forward to it. It's a bit of an anniversary because on August 28, 2004 I finished the Formula 3000 race on the second step of the podium having started from pole. For me, Spa is the nicest track of all!"