Vitaly Petrov says he is hoping for a clean weekend as he seeks to break into the points for just the second time is his F1 career in Turkey.
The Renault driver heads for Istanbul eager to bounce back from a difficult weekend in Monaco, where he crashed out of qualifying and then failed to finish the race after retiring late on.
Admitting that his result in the principality was difficult to take, Petrov said he was keen to try and break into the top ten in Turkey although his hopes are dependent on having a clean, trouble free weekend.
“Monaco was a really hard result for me,” he said. “Even starting from 14th, our aim was to make it into the points, but we didn't manage to get the maximum from the race on Sunday, and this is something that the team and myself have analysed together. I had hoped for more, but it showed me once again that this is how things are in Formula 1: you have to be on top of your game in every area, all the time, to get strong results.
“In Monaco, the gaps were really close, and I was pushing right to the limit to find the extra tenths of a second when I crashed in qualifying. For Turkey, I will be pushing hard again to do my best, but the target will be to put everything together and have a clean weekend.
“I think we will have to wait until Friday practice to see how the car is performing. In terms of qualifying, the target has to be to get in the top ten at least, and then we will see what happens on Sunday...”