Renault's Giancarlo Fisichella has set his sights on finishing on the podium this weekend when he takes part in his second home grand prix.

Speaking in the build-up to the Italian GP, he added that he has yet to do that at Monza, something he would dearly love to put right on Sunday. To date his best finish at the Italian GP was a fourth place finish way back in 1997 with Jordan. Last year he finished eighth with Sauber.

"Monza is my second home Grand Prix [of the year], and a very important weekend because a lot of fans come to cheer me on," he explained.

"I won there in F3, but have never been on the podium in F1, and I want to do it this year. I like the circuit, even though the speeds make it a little dangerous, but it is an impressive place to drive.

"We run with very, very low downforce, so corners like turn 1 are difficult - you have to stop the car from 360 kph to 60 kph in first gear, and that's really difficult. But there are nice corners too: the Lesmos, and high-speed curves at Ascari and Parabolica, which I really enjoy."

As for the rest of the season, Fisi confirmed that he just wants to make sure that Renault win the constructors' title now - and that Fernando Alonso, his team-mate, beats Kimi Raikkonen to the drivers' crown.

"My goals for the remainder of the year are to try and help Renault win both championships," he concluded. "The constructors' championship is really important to us, so I need to score as many points as possible, and try to win another race if I can."