Giancarlo Fisichella believe Renault have made a crucial step forward following a Monaco Grand Prix in which they finished ahead of nearest rivals BMW for the first time this season.

Battling against a lacklustre start that has left the reigning double world champions down in the fourth place in the constructor standings, Fisichella qualified and finished fourth around the streets of Monaco to indicate the progress made by Renault in recent weeks.

However, despite the result, Fisichella is remaining coy on whether or not he and Heikki Kovalainen will have the pace to beat Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica again, although at the same time he remains confident they can prove competitive in Canada.

"We are really pushing for that," he said when asked about whether the performance was a one-off. "The team made a big step forward. We are really, really concentrating on a few areas and with the new front wing in Monte Carlo we definitely made a step forward. We finished in front of BMW but it's difficult to say.

"Monaco is a very different circuit and we are even quite positive for here, but we don't know how it's going to be with a new package for low downforce.

Furthermore, Fisichella will be evoking memories of prior successes in Canada come race day, the Italian having recorded his first ever podium there in 1997 and going on to visit the rostrum another three times.

"I've got good memories. I think I've been on the podium four times here and actually I had the first podium of my career here in 1997, so it's a good circuit for me.

"I don't think it's a simple circuit because the level of grip is quite low, especially in the braking points, the stability of the car is very inconsistent but straightaway I got a good feeling. I feel comfortable on this circuit, and that's good for me."

 

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