Giancarlo Fisichella says he is hopeful of a strong result for Force India in the Italian Grand Prix as he seeks to recover from the disappointment of the Spa race last weekend.
The Italian was hoping to make the most of the new seamless shift gearbox in the VJM01 in Belgium but saw his chances hit on the opening lap when contact with Kazuki Nakajima forced him to pit for a new nose and dropped him down the order.
However, with a solid test at Monza already under his belt earlier in the year, Fisichella said he remained hopeful of a good result in his home event as he seeks to break into the points for the first time this year.
"Monza is one of my favourite events on the calendar, partly because it's my home race and the crowd gets behind any of the Italian drivers, but also because it's such a fantastic track," he said. "It might look easy, but you have to work hard to have a set-up that allows you the speed on the straights without compromising stability through the chicanes and the curves. Like Spa, it's a real drivers' track and a great challenge.
"We had a good test at Monza before Belgium and we have some chances to do well there. Although I'm disappointed with the ultimate result in in Belgium as my race was really over at the start when Nakajima spun in front of me on the first lap, there were some good points. When I was in clean air I could push and do similar lap times to the rest of the field and we managed to make up some time with the call to change to wets very early on.
"Now in Monza we have to continue to work hard, try to qualify well and have a clean first lap to be able to take advantage of any conditions ahead. I feel confident and it would be good to be able to have a strong result at home."