Lando Norris admits that racing at Spa is particularly special for him, not just because of the iconic circuit but also thanks to his family connections in the country.
The McLaren driver enjoys the high-speed nature of the track and additionally, with his dual British and Belgian nationality, knows that the venue is a home one for much of his family.
"I can't wait to head back to Spa to get the season back underway," Norris said in a McLaren team preview. "After a bit of a break to unwind and prepare for the second half of the year, I'm looking forward to getting back into the car.
"The Belgian GP is a special race. Firstly, it's one of my favourite circuits on the calendar with a really flowing and high-speed layout. The Raidillon and Eau Rouge sequence is one of the most exciting on the entire calendar, and it's really cool to take these corners flat out in a modern F1 car.
"Secondly, it's home for a lot of my family, which always makes racing there a special occasion. I definitely feel the love from the fans out there too, so I'm looking forward to getting out on track and giving them a good show."
Norris has had an impressive season so far in 2021, having scored points at every race up until a DNF at the Hungarian Grand Prix. The 21-year-old remains in third place in the World Championship, and feels hopeful that his strong run can continue into the second half of the year.
"We've had a great start to the season in the first half of the year, so now the focus is on picking that back up and carrying that through until the end of the season," Norris explained.
Whilst Norris will be hoping to hold on to third in the Drivers' standings, McLaren will also resume their battle with Ferrari for third in the Constructors' Championship, with both teams currently on equal points.