Michael Schumacher says he's pleased to have been awarded honorary citizenship of Spa, where he will compete in the 300th race of his career on Sunday.

The 43-year-old German has developed a special affinity with the Belgian circuit, the site of his F1 debut in 1991 and the first of his record 91 race victories a year later.

He's poised to join an exclusive club this weekend when he lines up on the grid. Only Brazilian driver Rubens Barrichello, with 326 races, has more than Schumacher.