Renault's Giancarlo Fisichella has admitted that they will need to get the maximum from their Michelin tyres at the Hungarian GP on Sunday, after struggling in comparison to the other Michelin-shod teams at Hockenheim.

Speaking in the countdown to the event in Budapest, Fisichella was still confident, despite the team's problems at the German GP, which saw them not only beaten by Ferrari, but also the McLaren of Kimi Raikkonen and the Honda of Jenson Button.

"We were missing something in Germany, not just compared to Ferrari but the other Michelin teams as well," conceded Fisi. "The team has been working hard to understand the problems, and come up with good answers for this weekend.

"I am confident Michelin will bring competitive tyres, and we need to get the maximum from them this weekend. I will be pushing to the limit, just like in Germany, and aiming for the podium."

As for the Hungaroring itself, Fisichella added that it is a challenging track for the drivers' and not only due to the heat.

"You need to be comfortable straight away at the 'ring, and confident with the car and the circuit," he added. "The circuit is slippery and dusty at the beginning, so you need a good feeling to understand what changes you need to make to improve the performance of the car. Then, as we run more and the circuit rubbers in, the grip gets better and better. There are a lot of chicanes where you need to use the kerbs too - but not too much.

"We have long corners which make it tough physically towards the end of the race, and lots of braking into very slow corners. You also need to avoid mistakes because the circuit is very dusty off line, and getting the tyres dirty can make it hard to defend your position."

 

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