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McLaren call on past success ahead of Spa GP

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McLaren are looking to draw on past success to invigorate their season heading to next weekend's Belgian Grand Prix at Spa.

The famous British team is enduring one of it's most difficult seasons in the sport as the radical MP4-28 has proven to be mostly flawed, however, with updates coming to Spa and the experience of 14 previous wins at the iconic venue, the team is hopeful looking to next weekend.

“Spa has been the scene of many victories for McLaren through the years, not least our very first grand prix win, achieved by Bruce McLaren himself back in 1968," said team boss Martin Whitmarsh to reporters.

"While we’re not contenders for outright victory this time round, the whole team is looking forward to another opportunity to build on our ability to understand and operate MP4-28.”

The team boss continued describing Spa as one of F1's premier circuits.

“There’s absolutely no denying that Spa-Francorchamps is one of the greatest racetracks in the world. It occupies that exalted position alongside circuits such as Monaco, Silverstone, Monza and Suzuka; venues with a storied past and a demanding nature that make them some of the standouts on a packed calendar."

Jenson Button made his debut at Spa back in 2000 finishing fourth for Williams, last year he took a lights-to-flag victory at the circuit and is looking forward to returning again.

“Spa has always been on my shortlist of favourite circuits in Formula 1. I still remember my first grand prix there, back in 2000, when I out-qualified Michael Schumacher in a Ferrari, that felt pretty special.

He told reporters: “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."

And his young team-mate Sergio Perez is hoping for a better race than he had last year when, after qualifying fourth, he was taken out at the start in the huge pile-up caused by Romain Grosjean.

“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.”

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