Having seen his run of points scoring finishes come to an end at Spa, Heikki Kovalainen will look to break back into the top eight in the final Grand Prix of the European season at Monza.

The Finn had picked up five consecutive top five finishes - including his win in Hungary - heading to Spa, but saw his chances of a strong result in Belgium hit by an early drive through penalty for contact with Mark Webber as he battled to make amends for a poor start to the race.

Kovalainen would ultimately be forced to retire in the closing stages of the race due to a hydraulic problem but he admitted he was looking forward to being back in the car for the second of back-to-back events.

"I enjoy this place, but although Monza is the fastest track on the calendar, not all of its corners are super-fast," he said. "Of course, the Ascari chicane and Parabolica are both high-speed, but the first corner is very tight and the Lesmos are both medium-speed corners. But yes, I like the circuit; balancing a Formula 1 car through the faster stuff is something I really enjoy; I was very competitive at Silverstone and Spa and I'm confident I'll be strong this weekend."

Kovalainen added that getting the perfect set-up on his car would be vital ahead of the weekend, with it being key to get a car that works well under braking at the high-speed Italian circuit.

"You really need a car that's stable under braking," he said. "When we run such low downforce, the car becomes very light under braking, so you can't push too hard; the car moves around a little bit more than normal. So the whole approach to driving the car becomes slightly different - you tend to be a touch more cautious and build up your speed as the weekend progresses.

"You also need to get the second chicane just right - it's got big, high kerbs; if you can get the car to ride them just right, then you can make big gains in lap time."

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