Jerome d’Ambrosio is looking forward to becoming the first Belgian to start his home Grand Prix since 1994 this weekend.
D’Ambrosio said: “I have been looking forward to my first Formula One Belgian Grand Prix for a very long time, and now that the weekend has finally arrived I have to say that I am really excited and I can?óÔé¼Ôäót wait to race in front of my home fans.
“It?óÔé¼Ôäós been a long time since Belgium had a Formula One driver ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ exactly 18 years since Thierry Boutsen last raced in an F1 car. So it’s going to be a very special weekend both for me and the fans and I?óÔé¼Ôäóm going to try to enjoy every moment.”
Boutsen was the last Belgian to enjoy success in Formula 1, winning three races.
The last Belgian to race at Spa was Philippe Adams for Lotus in 1994. He qualified last, 1.5 seconds slower than any other driver, and spun out after 15 laps.
D’Ambrosio added: “There?óÔé¼Ôäós nothing like racing at home and Spa is clearly one of my absolute favourite circuits.
“Its layout gives everything one could want as a driver ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ fast corners, hills and long straights. It really is one of the most challenging laps in the world. And we can?óÔé¼Ôäót forget the legendary corner of Eau Rouge. It?óÔé¼Ôäós just amazing!
“It?óÔé¼Ôäós been great to have a break and chill out with my friends and family, staying away from planes and hotels. I am now fully prepared for the weekend in Spa and I?óÔé¼Ôäóm really looking forward to getting back in the car and racing at home.”
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