Nick Heidfeld says he hopes to bounce back from his Nurburgring disappointment and secure a strong result in the Hungarian Grand Prix.
The German retired early on in home race after a coming together with Sebastien Buemi, which means he remains eighth in the championship standings.
Heidfeld is likely to be able to count on the support of Polish fans this weekend in what is the closest thing to a home race for Renault regular Robert Kubica, who has been replaced by Heidfeld while he recovers from the injuries he picked up in his rally accident earlier this season.
With that in mind, Heidfeld said he was keen to pick up a good result at the Hungaroring on a circuit where he has taken two podium finishes in the past.
“I enjoy driving there and seem to get on well each time I race there so I hope this weekend is no different,” he said. “I've had two F1 podiums at the Hungaroring before, so I've got good memories from the place. Normally the conditions are pretty hot, but we've just had a quick look at the forecast and actually there is a chance of some rain! I also know that a lot of Polish fans usually attend this race, so it will be a little extra motivation for me driving what was originally Robert's car.”
Heidfeld added that, despite the disappointment of his home event, he felt progress was being made within the Enstone-based team.
“If you look at our result in Germany it was not great,” he said. “However, if you observe the pace compared to Silverstone, where we qualified 14th and 16th, it is going in the right direction. At present, it just doesn't feel good enough, but we are working relentlessly on it. What makes me optimistic is that lately we've seen significant progress in the wind tunnel. Now it's just a question of getting parts onto the car quickly.
“I'm hopeful we can get a few additions onto the car this weekend, and I know that further afield, in Spa and Monza, we will have even greater upgrades.”