Formula 1

Raikkonen feels Spa is the greatest circuit in F1

Raikkonen a big fan of Spa (©GettyImages)
Raikkonen a big fan of Spa (©GettyImages).

Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen has described Spa-Francorchamps as the greatest circuit in the world as the F1 paddock prepares to head to the famous Belgian venue next weekend.

Speaking with Lotus' official website Raikkonen says he only has happy memories of the Spa circuit.

"For me there have only been good memories from Spa and it’s great to go racing there. You can’t get the same kind of a feeling anywhere else. It’s great to race with a modern racing car at a proper circuit which has such a great tradition."

The Finn has the best record of any current driver at Spa having won the race four times, when asked why he was so successful at the venue he replied:

"Sometimes there are certain circuits where everything seems to run smoothly, and then there are other circuits where I have no luck at all. Of course, we will do our very best to win this race. I have been on the top step of the podium a few times at Spa and I want to be there again."

Looking ahead to next weekend however the 2007 champion is not sure whether he can fight for victory in the Ardennes forest again in 2013.

"It’s crucial to have a good car aerodynamically to tackle the fast corners and it’s a long lap, so to get the right time you really need to maintain the best rhythm. So much depends on the qualifying result, so we need to find a decent setup on Friday and Saturday and have a solid
qualifying session on Saturday afternoon.

"I don’t know how it will suit our car this year. Last year we were not very strong there. I think we know the reasons and for sure our car is better this year, but is it good enough to be fighting for a win? We will see on Sunday."

Despite those concerns he admitted he can't wait to be back driving at F1's most popular venue.

"For me it is the greatest racing circuit in the world. It is my favourite place. I have liked the place since my first ever visit there in 2000 with Formula Renault."

Raikkonen finds himself in second position in the Driver's World Championship, trailing reigning champion Sebastian Vettel by 38 points. The Lotus driver will hope he can cut the gap when he takes to his favourite circuit next weekend. 

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