Fernando Alonso hopes to finally put his name on the winner's board at this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix.
The double World Champion has won 32 races in his illustrious Formula One career, but victory at the historic Spa-Francorchamps circuit has eluded him so far.
He has visited Spa nine times, but he retired in five of those races and finished on the podium only twice. However, he is determined to have some better luck this time around.
"I did well in 2005 when I came second and also back in Formula 3000. So far, I've never been in with a real chance of fighting for the win and I've often retired at Spa, usually for reasons of plain bad luck or with technical problems or down to my own mistakes. So it would be great to make up for that this year, picking up all those lost points," he told the official Ferrari website.
With Spa viewed as one of the true racing circuits, Alonso is eager to join the winner's circle.
"Spa is considered to be a very complete circuit which provides a real challenge for both the driver and the team," the Spaniard said.
"Therefore, it's one of those races, along with Monaco and Monza and the other famous tracks with a great reputation, which gives them some added worth, as all the big names have won here in the past, so hopefully this year, we can put our name there. But at the end of the day, it's still 25 points for the win, just like any other round."
Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa has fonder memories of Spa as he was on the top step of the podium in 2008.
"Spa is fantastic, something of a dream for all drivers to race there, especially in a Formula 1 car," the Brazilian said. "There's so much history there and it's a wonderful challenge with all the climbs and drops and changes of direction, which all add up to make driving there a true pleasure."
He added: "Everyone wants to win here. I love the circuit and I hope there are more Spa wins to come in my career. It means a lot because of its history."
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