Glock prepared for adverse Spa weather

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SENIOR driver Timo Glock reckons the unpredictable weather could be a significant factor at the Belgian Grand Prix this weekend.

The Marussia Virgin Racing ace said: “The track is very fast and long, with some very tricky corners, so any small mistake ruins the lap. The weather is often a factor, especially due to its changeable conditions. Rain can come very quickly here, but this is part of the thrill of racing here. I’m really excited and I’m looking forward to the weekend ahead.”

Rested and refreshed after the summer break, Glock can’t wait for Spa.

The German said: “After the back-to-back races of Germany and Hungary it was really nice to have a break and relax, but now I can’t wait for the second part of the year.

“To come back racing in Spa is a perfect way to pick up the rest of the season. It’s one of my favourite races, it’s a fascinating layout and a historical circuit.”

It will be the 56th race in Belgium and the 4.352-mile circuit, which winds its way up hill and down dale through the Ardennes forest, provides a hair-raising challenge compared to some of the more sterile modern-day venues.

John Booth, the team principal and director of racing of Dinnington-based Virgin, said: “We are raring to go and want to put in another good performance at the Belgian GP to continue with the good run of double-car finishes we enjoyed in the first part of the season. From Canada onwards we have been able to finish every single race with both our cars staying out of trouble and showing good reliability, so we’ve got to make sure we hang on to our good form. Spa-Francorchamps is an excellent track. The weather is always unpredictable so we will have to be ready to react during the weekend.”

Red Bull are on a run of 12 successive poles. Only Williams (24) and McLaren (17) have achieved more.