Giancarlo Fisichella believes Renault now have the pace to take on BMW ahead of their on their home grand prix of France, the Italian heading to Magny-Cours also eager to put a disappointing North American trip behind him.

Although Fisichella, together with team-mate Heikki Kovalainen, showed improved pace in Canada and United States, the Italian endured a dismal Transatlantic adventure when he was disqualified in Montreal before spinning at Indianapolis to prevent him from scoring points.

Nonetheless, despite coming away with no points, Fisichella is becoming increasingly satisfied with the pace of the R27, even if the results were hardly perfect.

"As soon as I started running in Canada, I knew that we had taken a good step forward with the car. We were quick, consistent and I thought that in the race we could fight with Ferrari and BMW - and that was how it turned out. Then in Indy, the car was good again.

"Maybe the feeling was not quite as positive, but we had a good strategy, and got into the top ten quite easily in qualifying. Then I had a spin, and that meant zero points. I felt really sorry for the team after that, but we have to look at the positives. The car is getting better all the time, and that's thanks to the hard work of everybody at the track and the factory.

Indeed, Fisichella is confident the car can continue improving, so much so that he can take the fight to BMW's Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica on Renault's home soil.

"We need to score more points, that's a priority. After that, we have to race with BMW and try to beat them. They are the team we are fighting in the championship, and we have to try and out-score them in each race from now on. It's not going to be easy, but we know that our car is improving all the time, we are making steps forward, and the motivation is there to do the job. I can't wait to get out on track and start working."

 

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