Red Bull drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber head in to the Belgian Grand Prix with the mental upperhand after securing a victory and third place in the Hungarian Grand Prix just before the summer break which sees all teams shut down for 2 weeks.
Mark Webber was glad of the break as he admits it’s not always fun living out of a suitcase: “The most important thing for me during the break is to stay away from planes and hotels, as the last part of the championship includes plenty of those. The break helps the drivers get refreshed, away from the travel and the hotels – it's not the driving that makes us tired.”
Sebastien Vettel on the other hand has been focussed, stepping up his training during the break: “The long break allows you to do more scheduled training, as when there are races every other week it's difficult to improve your level of fitness. I tried to switch off for the first part of the holiday, and then did some more intensive training in the second half, in order to be well prepared for the reminder of the season.”
Spa is loved by both fans and drivers alike and is a firm favourite with both Red Bull drivers.
“I don't think there is a driver on the grid that doesn't look forward to Spa,” says Webber. “It's an incredible circuit to drive on. I expect we can do well there, whether it's as well as I did in Budapest is a question for everyone, but I know our team is ready.”
Vettel also admits his passion for the Belgian circuit: “I love Spa, it has some of the best corner sections in Formula One, they're long, fast-flowing and suit our car. We were very competitive in the race there last year, but we lost out in qualifying a bit. Our weakness will be the long straights and, with uphill sections too, we know it won't be easy for us, but I am optimistic for the race.”