Cape Town - Ferrari's Charles Leclerc has extolled
the virtues of Belgium's Spa-Francorchamps circuit, saying it is the
"greatest, most beautiful" in F1.
Last season, having qualified P13 in the Sauber, Leclerc was hoping for a good showing at the Belgian Grand Prix.
However, his race was cut prematurely short when he was involved in a first lap crash with the McLaren of Fernando Alonso.
Alonso was rear-ended by Nico Hulkenberg, sending him flying over the top of Leclerc's C37.
Leclerc admitted he was "lucky" to walk away from the crash unhurt, saved his Sauber's Halo.
This year the driver, now racing for Ferrari, is hoping for a better
showing at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, a track that he truly loves.
"Spa-Francorchamps is one of the greatest race tracks in the world
and one of the most beautiful that we race on in Formula 1," said the
"So it makes starting racing again after the summer break even more enjoyable.
"It's always impressive when you realise just how fast the current
Formula 1 cars can go through the corners and at no other track is that
perception so obvious.
"I'm thinking particularly of the uphill esses at Eau Rouge.
"The first time you get a look at it, you realise how narrow and steep it is.
"Well, in the dry, it's flat, despite the compression and other
aspects making it particularly demanding physically, especially in the
first few laps.
"With each passing lap, your neck gets used to it, your brain takes
it all on board and it becomes a corner like any other, trying to get
the most out of it to help with the rest of the lap, but it is still a
unique section of track.
"And there are plenty of others key points at Spa, which is why it is
so important to get all the key sections absolutely right to produce
the best possible performance on the first qualifying lap.
"That's also because it is a particularly long lap and having to
abort one can upset your timetable for that part of the session."