• Belgian Grand Prix

Schumacher relishing prospect of Spa fightback

ESPNF1 Staff
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Michael Schumacher is looking forward to racing at Spa again © Getty Images
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Michael Schumacher is looking forward to a tough fight in mixed weather conditions at this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix.

He will start the race with a 10-place grid penalty but is confident he can draw on his past experiences at Spa Francorchamps, where he has won six times, to fight back through the field.

"I have often called it my living room and there are lots of fantastic memories from the past and even good ones to look forward to," he said of the circuit. "We have a mixed weather conditions predicted for this weekend.

"We have the 10 places which makes it extra special and exciting to try and move forward. With mixed conditions that could help. We have worked on the car, so altogether we will try to make it as good as possible but I certainly look forward very much as this is one of my most loved tracks and special excitement."

He admitted that scoring good results would get tougher and tougher as Mercedes' focus shifts to the 2011 car.

"I guess that we sort of have to see where maybe we can use the strengths that the car has and where maybe it is a little bit more difficult," he added. "That is something to find out and maximise our opportunities. Naturally we want to still take as many points as possible to stay as high up in the constructors' position as possible. These are the targets and naturally we keep on working within limits to achieve this but then yes, the focus is on next year's car."