Sauber driver Sergio Perez reckons Spa-Francorchamps will play to the strengths of the C31 - and he is hoping he will at the very least come away with a few points.
Perez has taken two rostrums and scored 47 points so far in F1 2012 but earlier this month he called on the Swiss-based outfit to raise its game so that he can be a regular contender for points and podiums [see separate story - HERE
Despite that though, he is pretty optimistic about the team's potential in Belgium.
“I believe the fast circuit in the Ardennes will suit our car. We should get everything right there and make sure we start into a productive second part of the season. Last year I qualified ninth there, but retired in the race. In what will be my second F1 Grand Prix in Spa I want to at least score points,” Perez confirmed.
As the track itself, Perez, like all the drivers', rates it very highly: “It has its own character and circuits like that are difficult to find nowadays.
“I am very much looking forward to racing there again. I believe it is one of the favourites of any racing driver. It is also challenging, and it is good to start the second part of the season with it,” he added.
Team-mate Kamui Kobayashi
meanwhile also reckons the Belgian Grand Prix could be a good one for Sauber, and while he knows the weather can be very fickle in the Ardennes, he is not too concerned.
“Spa-Francorchamps is one of my favourite circuits,” Kobayashi continued. “I like its high speed corners, and I also like how this track is integrated into the landscape with a lot of greenery. This gives it a very special atmosphere.
“However, the weather is very unpredictable and can influence qualifying or the race significantly. Due to the length of this track, it can sometimes be that one part of it is completely dry while, at the same time, another part can be completely wet.
“But I'm confident we can be very competitive under all kinds of conditions in Spa because the characteristics of this track with its fast corners should suit our car. I'm really looking forward to this race.”