Fernando Alonso admits he can't wait to return to Spa this weekend as the Belgian Grand Prix makes its Formula 1 comeback after a year's sabbatical.

The famed circuit in the Ardennes has undergone a number of changes during the year away from F1, with revisions having been made to the La Source hairpin, Bus Stop chicane and the pits and paddock but it remains a firm favourite amongst the drivers - with the lap encompassing one of the most famous corners in the world in Eau Rouge.

"I am really excited to be going back to racing at Spa, it is my favourite track," Alonso reflected. "It is very demanding and with the long lap and all the different characteristics, you need to work hard with the team to get the right balance.

"Everybody always talks about Eau Rouge, and yes it is a great corner, but I think the whole lap is special, you are on the limit the whole time and as a driver that is a great challenge. You need to have total concentration for every lap and I am motivated to get there and fight for the win. Last weekend in Italy was a special result for me and the team. The car was really fast and we are working to take that performance to Spa. There are some similar characteristics between Spa and Monza, as both demand a lot of power, so hopefully we will carry that over and be quick."

The Belgian race marks the conclusion of the European season, with just the fly-away events in China, Japan and Brazil to follow, and Alonso admitted that - with the championship battle still a four-way affair - there was still everything to play for heading into the weekend.

"The championship battles are really exciting," he said. "After this race we have only three left, so it is very important to have another good result here, but of course it is the same for Lewis, Kimi and Felipe, so we will have to wait and see how it goes.

"There are a lot of laps to be raced still, my goal is to win as many races as possible and I hope we can have an exciting end to the season for the fans."

 

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