Heikki Kovalainen will aim to continue his recent points scoring run as the Belgian Grand Prix returns to the Formula 1 calendar this weekend at Spa.

The Renault driver heads to the Ardennes circuit on the back of a seventh place finish last weekend at Monza and will now hope to maintain a run of form that his seen him score points in the last five races.

"We were a bit disappointed not to finish higher, and not to have taken advantage of Massa's retirement to score more points," he said, looking back to the Italian GP. "But we made no mistakes during the race, so I have to admit we finished where we probably deserved to. Even so, it was good to finish the race and maintain my 100% record, and to score points for the fifth race in a row. Now, we need to focus on the weekend ahead.

"Spa is a fantastic circuit, and I have very good memories from my races in GP2. The track layout is very nice, with lots of elevation changes and some really good sequences of corners which put the drivers and the engineers to the test. It is certainly one of the best races of the year, and a fantastic challenge for the drivers - especially through the famous section of Eau Rouge."

Kovalainen added that the group test held at Spa back in July would prove to be vital going into the weekend, with the race having been missing from the calendar last season and with a series of changes having been made to the circuit since the last Belgian GP was run.

"It is always an advantage when you can test at a circuit before racing there, and especially because the team didn't race here last year - and we had never run the V8 engine at this circuit," he said. "It allowed us to establish the baseline set-up in terms of downforce levels, suspension settings, brake bias and so on.

"I think we found some good answers, and we will have a good starting point to work from throughout the weekend in order to have a competitive car in qualifying and the race."

 

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