Schu keen to mark 300th F1 GP in style
Michael Schumacher thinks his Mercedes team must celebrate his 300th grand prix in the right way: with a strong performance on track in Belgium.
Despite some recent difficulties for Mercedes, Schumacher believes the high-speed nature of Spa-Francorchamps allied to car improvements should help his outfit get back on form.
"Spa is like my living room; for me, it's clearly the number one race track in the world," said Schumacher, who will become only the second driver in history to compete in 300 grands prix.
"It's uncanny how I always seem to have special moments there - my debut, my first win, a world championship victory and many great races.
"The fact that I will also take part in my 300th grand prix at Spa was somehow almost inevitable and we will have to celebrate it in the right way.
"I'm proud to be just the second driver in the history of the sport to reach this milestone and there's no question that we are looking to have a particularly nice weekend.
"We delivered a good performance in Spa last year; I'll be doing everything possible to drive a strong race."
Team-mate Nico Rosberg is under no illusion, however, about the amount of effort Mercedes must undertake before it can get back to the kind of form that helped it triumph in China earlier this year.
"There's a lot of hard work ahead to make sure we are competing where we want to be and challenging towards the front of the field," he said.