This weekend the fourth round of the World Series by Renault gets under way at one of the most historic circuits on the calendar, Spa-Francorchamps.

Currently racing in his second FR3.5 season, Sergey Sirotkin expressed his delight as the series makes it return to Belgium.

"Spa is a historic track in motor racing", he said. "The challenge Spa-Francorchamps poses is exactly what makes it one of my favourite tracks".

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The Russian further revealed that the twenty drivers contesting this week's FR3.5 race weekend enjoy the demanding Formula 1 circuit as it pushes each racer to to limit whilst at the helm of their 3.5 litre models.

"It is the longest circuit on the calendar, which makes things more difficult to put in a perfect lap", he explained. "The trickier it is, the more the drivers have an opportunity to shine."

In the absence of last year's victors Stoffel Vandoorne and Kevin Magnussen, the Sauber test driver could claim his second podium of the 2014 season. Currently sitting tenth in the championship standings, the Russian finished Friday practice second overall.

"It feels good to be back among the leaders", he said. "Everything went well this morning, we were able to test different set-ups and one of them worked well in these drying conditions", he concluded, referencing Fortec Motorsports' strong history at the Belgian circuit.

Following his retirement from the F1 support race in Monaco, the eighteen-year-old will need a strong weekend if he is to close the 39 point deficit to his rookie team mate, Oliver Rowland. The 2013 Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup runner up, currently sits second in the championship standings.