Renault's Giancarlo Fisichella has said that the regie will be out to 'steal back the initiative' from Ferrari this coming weekend, when the circus heads to Istanbul.

Fisichella endured a difficult time three weeks ago at the Hungaroring and after only qualifying eighth, he failed to finish, let alone score, retiring 18 laps in after being caught out by the wet conditions. Now he is hoping to make amends this coming Sunday.

"Hungary was really disappointing for me," he conceded. "Normally, wet conditions like those are ones that really suit my driving style but the grip of the car was just not good in the race.

"After that, it was good to have a break and I have spent lots of time on my boat with my family. Now, I am really motivated for the last races of the championship. Renault wants to have a strong weekend and steal back the initiative in the championship battle. We have the package to do it, I think, so we are looking forward to racing aggressively, and hopefully finishing on the podium."

As for the Turkish Grand Prix, Fisichella added that he is a fan of the Istanbul circuit, even if it is a very tough test physically for the drivers' - due to heat and the G's pulled at various points around the track, especially at turn eight.

"I like it a lot to be honest," he continued. "It is one of the new generation circuits, and I felt comfortable straight away last year when I started running there. I started from the front row as well, and the car felt pretty good. There are some good corners and turn 8 is certainly the hardest on the whole circuit. It's a very long left-hander that we take at nearly 250 kph. We have between 4 and 4.5G on our bodies for about 7 seconds - which means that your neck is hurting by the end of the race!

"So you need good physical preparation for this race, maybe even more than the last few races. I am confident we can be competitive in Turkey this year."

 

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