Alonso looks to make up for Spa misfortune
20 August 2013 – Fernando Alonso plans to make up for past misfortune at Spa-Francorchamps this weekend, having retired from five of the nine Belgian Grands Prix he has contested.
The Ferrari driver, who was dramatically taken out at the first corner of last year's race by fast-starting Lotus rival Romain Grosjean, has twice finished on the podium dotted around his multiple exits at the popular venue, but is yet to make it to the top step.
"I did well in 2005 when I came second and also back in Formula 3000," said Alonso. "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, technical problems or down to my own mistakes. It would be great to make up for that this year, picking up those lost points."
He added: "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. 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."
Alonso heads into the Spa-Francorchamps weekend sitting third in the standings, one point behind Kimi Räikkönen and a further 38 adrift of Sebastian Vettel.