Rubens Barrichello is relishing the prospect of welcoming a new street circuit onto the Formula 1 calendar ahead of the latest round of the championship to be held in the Spanish city of Valencia.
Not much is known about the circuit for the Formula 1 drivers, who will get their first taste of its twists and turns when they take part in free practice on the Friday.
Still, Barrichello is pleased to have another inner city venue on the calendar, not least because he was able to keep his car out of the barriers at the only other street event on the schedule at Monaco. He also finished sixth to take home three points.
In fact, reliability has been a strength of the revitalised Barrichello this season, having failed to finish on only three occasions this year, although one of those was a disqualification back in Australia. With that in mind, the Brazilian is eager to see the chequered flag again, preferably in the points.
"The challenge of learning a new circuit is always exciting, particularly when it is an unusual venue such as the new street circuit in Valencia. Despite preparing as much as we can in advance of the race, our track walk with the engineers on Thursday and the practice sessions on Friday will be absolutely key to learning the track and assessing the grip levels," he noted.
"A new track always opens up the field and gives an opportunity for the driver to make an impact as our feedback will be very important in achieving the correct set-up. We have prepared well and I am looking forward to the weekend and the potential to score some points.
"We can expect the race weekend to be very hot which will add to the physical challenge for the drivers, car and team. I'm a big fan of Valencia as a city; it's a beautiful location, and hopefully the race will bring a lot of new fans to Formula One."