Fernando Alonso feels “rested, relaxed and recharged” heading into this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix as Formula 1 returns from its summer break, with the Spaniard eager to add to his Hungary points haul after the summer break.

Alonso endured a difficult start to the 2017 season thanks to a number of issues with the Honda power unit used by his McLaren team, limiting him to just two points finishes.

Alonso charged to sixth place last time out in Hungary, allowing him to head into the summer break on a high, and he is relishing the chance to get back behind the wheel.

““I love the first race after the summer break. It’s a great feeling to come back feeling rested, relaxed and recharged, and ready to go again for the second half of the season,” Alonso said.

“I’ve enjoyed time away with family and friends, worked hard on my training and now I’m really looking forward to getting back in the car.

“As the season goes on we’re getting stronger and stronger, and I hope the second half of the year will bring us some more points-earning finishes.

“This race is a difficult challenge for the whole team - the engineers and the mechanics - as you’re on the throttle for almost three-quarters of the lap, which makes it’s a tough circuit for both the car and the driver.

“We know we’ll have to work hard to get any kind of result there, but it’s a long lap and there are plenty of overtaking opportunities, so we’ll keep pushing to get everything we can from the weekend.”



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