Alonso gears up for Belgian GP

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Fernando Alonso will be racing on his favorite circuit at the Belgian Grand Prix.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:48 IST
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The stage is set to welcome the youngest Formula One world champion this weekend. Fernando Alonso will be racing on his favorite circuit at the Belgian Grand Prix. He knows another excellent drive combined with a less-than-sterling result for hard-luck Kimi Raikkonen could give him the title at age 24. "It is a circuit with good memories for me,'' Alonso said while reminiscing about how he won his maiden F3000 race in 2000 amid the pines and hills of southern Belgium. The sweet memories are not even that old for McLaren's Raikkonen, who won here last year. "It was a great race for myself and the team last year, and hopefully we can repeat the result in 2005,'' he said. Hope, however, has rarely been good enough for the Finn, who has had to deal with misfortune throughout the season. Closing on Even though it is tough to say who is the best driver this year, Alonso leads in terms of points. With four races to go, it puts the Spaniard within clinching range on Sunday. If Alonso wins, and Raikkonen misses the podium, Formula One will have the youngest champion ever - a year younger than when Brazil's Emerson Fittipaldi won the first of his two titles in 1972. Even if the Alonso fails to capture the title in the last European race, there are three more Grand Prix left in the season. The spectacular course of the Belgian GP, at 6.9 kilometers (4.3 miles) the longest in Formula One, is a huge favorite among drivers. The combination of tight corners, dipping stretches, and blind uphill curves will likely keep the fans away from their calculators during the race. (AP)

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