Timo Glock is hoping he can call upon his experience of dealing with brand new street circuits as he bids to maintain the momentum from his superb podium finish last time out in Hungary.
Glock has become the form man of late, scoring for the first time this year Canada and running inside the points at Silverstone and Hockenheim before climbing onto the podium in his maiden full season of Formula 1 racing.
Although the reigning GP2 champion is still basking in the glory of the result, one that has lifted him up to tenth in the driver standings and Toyota to fourth in the constructors' championship, his attention is now focused on the European Grand Prix for the first race to be held around the streets of Valencia.
"I'm still smiling after Hungary,” he said. “That was an incredible result and a fantastic feeling; I hope it will be the first of many podiums in Formula 1. The important thing was that we showed just how competitive we are at the moment and moved further ahead in fourth place in the Constructors' Championship.
“There is a great atmosphere in the team and we are all working hard together to move forward, which is why it was so satisfying to get on the podium in Hungary. But Valencia is a new race and we must start again.”
Although all 20 drivers will be heading into the unknown when they roll out onto the circuit on Friday, Glock is confident that his experience of street circuits from racing in the Champ Car Series back in 2005 will serve him well.
“I did plenty of street races when I was racing in Champ Cars and in that season almost all the tracks were new to me so I have learnt to adapt quickly. It looks like an interesting circuit and it's quite long so it should be a good show.
“We will have plenty of work to do on Friday to adjust the car to the track but we are in good form at the moment so I am optimistic for this weekend."