12th in the championship, Pietro Fittipaldi is eyeing a Formula V8 3.5 podium as the series reaches its halfway point at the fifth round from the British circuit, Silverstone.

The Brazilian took his best FV8 finish- a sixth place - in race one at the iconic track and is looking to take his pace one step further to join his team mate Louis Deletraz as a podium finisher.

"There were some races where we were running pretty well and we would end up with a DNF for different reasons," the 20-year-old told Crash.net . "In race two, the main goal is to score points and maybe even podium; it's about fine tuning, if I nail it, we can set ourselves up for a good race."

With 24 points to his name ahead of race two, 78 behind Deletraz after a mixture of mechanical and reliability issues. It is these problems which, the Brazilian admits, have blighted his season with defending team and driver champions, Fortec Motorsport. Only once has the youngster stood atop the rookie podium this year.

"It is difficult to forget the bad races, you have to be strong mentally, especially as there are races when we should have scored more points," he continued. "You just have to keep pushing and focus on weekend by weekend."

However, Fortec's experience is something which Fittipaldi hopes will benefit the latter half of his season. Silverstone race two comes nine months after they took victory with Oliver Rowland at the same British circuit, further supporting their pedigree in Northampton.

"As Fortec are the defending champions, you have confidence in the car so I'm not always fighting for a good set up," Fittipaldi concluded after his race one campaign. "I just go out there and do my best every time; it helps that Louis and I are friends and can work well together."

The American-born driver, who is now based in Surrey, England, will start race two in eighth after a competitive qualifying which saw the top nine drivers separated by one second.