Jarno Trulli has given the new look Spa-Francorchamps circuit the thumbs up after the Italian took to the track during the final day of the latest Formula 1 group test in Belgium.

The circuit, which last hosted an F1 race back in 2005 but was dropped from the calendar for 2006 in order to allow for redevelopment of the pit complex and the Bus Stop section of the circuit at the end of the lap.

With the event returning to the calendar this season - with a race on 16 September - the three day test this week gave the teams chance to get a first taste of the new look Spa and Trulli admitted he was delighted to be back on track at a circuit he clearly ranks amongst his favourites.

"It's nice to come back here to Spa because it's the best track in the world," he said. "The organisers have done major work in the paddock and the results look good. The circuit has also been resurfaced and there have been changes to the Bus Stop which have improved the corner. The pit entry and the pit exit are a bit narrow but overall I like what has been done. Of course you never know what weather you'll get here and it's always difficult to test in conditions like we saw today."

The Italian, who ran on the final day for Toyota after taking over from team-mate Ralf Schumacher, posted the seventh quickest time on Thursday and he admitted that it had been a positive session looking ahead to the race itself.

"We went out for a few runs on the damp track in the morning but the racing line soon became inconsistent," he continued. "It was dry in the corners but wet on the straights so that meant it was difficult to carry out much useful comparative work. The track was dry in the afternoon so we were able to run through our programme. We haven't concentrated on lap times but the car felt good. So it's been a positive day and I look forward to coming back for the race."

 

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