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2012-08-25 10:30

TEAM TALK: Michael Schumacher (right) and Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn.

LONDON, England - Michael Schumacher wants to celebrate his 300th Formula 1 GP in style next weekend with a strong performance for Mercedes at the 2012 Belgian GP.

Despite some strong drives this season, including a podium finish (third) at the European GP, his first since rejoining the sport in 2010, the 43-year-old German has endured a tough start to the season. He retired from six of the first 10 races.


However, the seven-times champion is convinced a combination of his knowledge of the high-speed Spa-Francorchamps track and improvements to his car will help him to a good result on September 2.

"Spa is like my living room; for me, it's clearly the No.1 track in the world," Schumacher said. He will become only the second driver – the other is former Ferrari team mate Rubens Barrichello - to compete in 300 GP’s.

"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 GP 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 want a particularly nice weekend.

"We delivered a good performance at Spa in 2011; I'll be doing everything possible to drive a strong race."    


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