• IN WORDS: There Are No Clear Favourites - Toto

Toto talks recharging and returning to the track ahead of Round 13 in Belgium.

'The circuit is quite tricky'

F1 returns this weekend with the Belgian Grand Prix at the iconic Spa-Francorchamps, one of the most popular tracks on the calendar.

The team will be back in action, re-energised for the second half of the season and the challenges that Spa will present.

"After five races in six weeks before the summer break, the shutdown came at just the right time," Toto explains.

"It gave us the opportunity to recharge a little and return energised for what will certainly be a hard-fought second half.

"Both the Drivers' and the Constructors' Championship are extremely tight, and I expect it to be a close battle all the way through to Abu Dhabi.

"Our first stop after the summer break is Spa - an historic circuit that has been the venue of some of the most spectacular races in F1 history.

"Corners like Eau Rouge are known to race fans around the world and the race always attracts a huge and very enthusiastic crowd.

"From a team's perspective, the circuit is quite tricky, as it is not easy to find the right set-up for a track that has long straights, considerable changes in elevation and high-speed corners.

"You want to have enough downforce to be quick through the corners, but at the same time not carry too much drag for the long straights."

'Difficult to make predictions'

With the way the 2018 season has gone so far, the pecking order changes from race to race. It's impossible to say who will be strongest at Spa, but time will tell...

"It's very difficult to make any predictions for Spa," Toto adds. "If this season has taught us one thing, it's that there are no clear favourites for specific tracks anymore and that it's not always the fastest car that wins.

"Instead, the competitive balance seems to swing back and forth from circuit to circuit. What is clear is that our competitors are pushing extremely hard and put up a very tough fight.

"So, we need to keep our heads down, work hard to eliminate our weaknesses and further build on our strengths, and take the season race by race.

"2018 promises to be a season that we will still be talking about in years to come and we can't wait to get out there and start racing again."