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No change for Heikki following first win.

Heikki Kovalainen admits that his maiden Formula One win last time out in Hungary hasn't changed his approach as he prepares for the European Grand Prix next weekend in Valencia.

The McLaren Mercedes driver profited from a late problem for Felipe Massa to secure victory at the Hungaroring, which marked the first time he had taken to the podium since the second round of the year in Malaysia.

The young Finn now lies sixth in the standings as he heads to Spain but he admitted that his breakthrough victory hasn't changed his preparations going into the event.

"The win doesn't change too much, really: I still believe I am improving and learning more about the team and the car at each race,” he said. “My aim for the last part of the season is to win more races and to perform regularly at the front.

“It's something I was able to do from time to time in the first half of the year, but I now feel more confident that I can be a consistent challenger in the remaining races, and I'm really looking forward to that."

Kovalainen added that he was looking forward to tackling the new street circuit for the first time and said he felt there would be a number of overtaking opportunities in the first European GP at the venue.

"It looks pretty fast, to be honest," he said. "You get used to street circuits being quite slow, with lots of slow- to medium-speed corners and very short straights, but this is almost the opposite.

“There are a lot of fast kinks and esses, a couple of decent straights and lots of high-speed stuff. It's too early to say yet whether there will be opportunities to overtake around here, but there are a couple of hairpins where it might be possible."


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