Button, who won last year’s race, said at the last race in Hungary that the car would be more suited to the high-speed track.
“Spa has always been on my shortlist of favorite circuits in Formula One,” said Button. “I still remember my first Grand Prix there, back in 2000, when I outqualified Michael Schumacher in a Ferrari; that felt pretty special. Then I think back to my victory there last year, I had pretty much the perfect weekend – my car was fantastic, I got pole position and just led the whole race. It was one of the most satisfying wins of my career just because I felt strong and confident for the entire weekend.
“The thing about Spa is that it just feels awesome to nail a quick lap around there – you need a car that’s perfectly synced to the driver, because it’s such a long lap, and there are so many big corners, that you need to find that perfect balance. And getting the setup right – and running flat-out for nearly two minutes – feels incredible.”
Perez, who qualified an impressive fourth last year, is equally upbeat.
“We had a positive race in Hungary, which was a nice way to end the first half of the season,” he said. “Hopefully, it gave everybody within the team the motivation to return to work after the summer break with renewed focus. I’m certainly feeling incredibly strong and refreshed and am really looking forward to getting back into the cockpit and back to work.
“There’s no better place to kick off the season’s second half than with races at Spa and then Monza. They’re two of Formula One’s most iconic and evocative tracks, and two of the greatest challenges for any driver. I love Spa, but I didn’t get too much of an opportunity last year: after qualifying fourth, I was one of the victims of the first-corner accident, so I didn’t get to see what our car could do.
“So I’m going to Spa this year with added motivation to do well. It’s such a great place – I love fast corners, and the feeling of taking to the car to the limit around such a big and long circuit is incredible. The racing at Spa – particularly with KERS Hybrid and DRS – is usually pretty intense, so I’ll be looking forward to another exciting weekend.”Formula 1, Jenson Button, McLaren, Sergio Perez, Spa