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Verstappen keen on Spa upgrades: It's more old-school!

As Formula 1 resumes with this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez are itching to get back on track.

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F1 championship leader Max Verstappen says he is looking forward to going racing again this weekend, as the sport’s four-week summer break draws to a close with the Belgian Grand Prix.

Verstappen has won eight of 13 races so far this year, and has a commanding 80-point lead at the top of the standings as the F1 circus heads to Spa-Francorchamps for the first of three races on consecutive weekends.

"I’m feeling ready to race again after a good break,” said Verstappen, who was classified the winner of last year's rain-affected event at Spa.

“I definitely got the itch to get back to it. It will be a busy triple-header but it will be okay to manage as we've all had a rest.”

Verstappen praises Spa upgrades

Since last year's event, Spa has undergone major work to widen run-offs, create new service and access roads, and install gravel traps around the circuit – a move Verstappen is firmly on board with.

“The upgrades to the track have made it a little more old-school with the gravel traps which I think is a good idea," said Verstappen.

"It's my favourite track, so I’m looking forward to racing there this weekend.

"It looks like there might be rain around which will make it more tricky, but luckily, as a team, we like a challenge."

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	© Getty Images/Red Bull Contentpool

Perez "recharged" for second half of 2022

Verstappen's teammate Sergio Perez also said he was keenly anticipating getting back to work and back on track at Spa.

"I am massively looking forward to being back in the RB18 and getting out on track again," said Perez.

"It has been a good break and I have really recharged for the second half of the season and I am ready for it.

"There are great races coming up, especially Belgium on a track that I always enjoy and the fans are always amazing there.

"I cannot wait to get back to work. I think it's nice to start after the break with a triple header, where we can really get into our rhythm."

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