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Schumacher skeptical of Spa success

Michael Schumacher has urged fans not to "expect special things" from him at the Belgium Grand Prix
Michael Schumacher has urged fans not to "expect special things" from him at the Belgium Grand Prix
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Seven-time F1 world champion Michael Schumacher plays down his chances of winning the Belgium Grand Prix
  • Schumacher: "Fans should not expect special things"
  • German has won a record six times previously at his favorite circuit
  • Mark Webber says Red Bull team "is ready"

(CNN) -- Seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher has played down his chances of winning the Belgium Grand Prix, despite the Spa race track being his favorite of the calendar.

The German legend told the official Formula One website that due to his grid penalty fans should not expect "special things" at the circuit where he has won a record six times previously.

"Spa has always been my favourite racetrack and so for that reason alone, I am really looking forward to going back and racing there," the Mercedes driver told F1.com.

"[However] our weekend will obviously be handicapped by my grid penalty and consequently it will be difficult to expect special things from the race."

Schumacher faces a 10-place grid penalty in Spa as punishment for almost running former Ferrari stable-mate Rubens Barrichello into a wall at the Hungary grand Prix.

"On the other hand, every racing kilometer is important and welcome because we can learn from it with regards to our car. I will definitely try to make the best out of the weekend," Schumacher, who has yet to seal a podium finish this season, added.

The team principal of Mercedes, Ross Brawn, echoed his driver's caution: "With the shutdown, we have had limited time to work on the car since Hungary, however, we will do our best to have a good weekend in Spa to kick-off the final run of seven races to the end of the season."

It will be difficult to expect special things from the race
--Michael Schumacher
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Current leader of the drivers' championship, Mark Webber, told F1.com the mid-season break in the Formula One calendar only serves to make drivers more hungry to get back to action.

"The break helps the drivers get refreshed, away from the travel and the hotels - it's not the driving that makes us tired. I don't think there is a driver on the grid that doesn't look forward to Spa, it's an incredible circuit to drive on. I expect we can do well there, whether it's as well as I did in Budapest is a question for everyone, but I know our team is ready," the Australian Red Bull driver said.

McLaren will be hoping good results at Spa could help in their bid to keep up the pressure on the Red Bull team for both the drivers' and constructors' title.

Webber's closest rival Lewis Hamilton said: "Neither Jenson or I had a great race at Spa last year ... this year, too, I head to Spa off the back of a disappointing non-finish in Hungary. We've investigated the causes, and think we've identified the reason and are confident that it shouldn't happen again."

Reigning champion Jenson Button added that he would be working with compatriot Hamilton to put McLaren in a good position: "I love racing at Spa - it's one of the truly great circuits, and a grand prix that I'd love to win.

"While I don't think [Spa] will be pivotal to the title fight ... it's important for the whole team that we score well."