Heikki Kovalainen has said that he will go to the British Grand Prix this coming weekend in a 'good frame of mind' even though the event in Magny Cours last Sunday didn't go to plan.

Kovalainen went to France on the crest of a wave following two strong points finishes in Montreal and at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. However an error by Toyota's Jarno Trulli at the start last weekend put pay to any hope of a third points finish on the trot and he eventually finished in 15th.

The Finn though isn't disheartened and he will again be going for a top eight result: "We can go to Silverstone in a good frame of mind. The test two weeks ago went very well, so we have a good baseline set-up for practice on Friday," he explained. "As always, we will be looking to do the maximum, and I think we have a good opportunity to score points.

"France was a tough race, but I believe that our basic performance showed that we are gaining momentum all the time, as we improve the car. We are still recovering from the start to the season, and moving forwards. Hopefully that process will continue again this weekend."

Pressed on if he and Renault can beat the BMW Sauber's, Kovalainen added that they are not the sole focus: "It's always hard to say before the event but if the trend continues, then they will be the ones we are looking out for," he noted. "At the moment, it is very difficult to say if we are ahead of them or behind in terms of pure performance, but we are not focusing all our energy on BMW.

"We have to look beyond them, to McLaren and Ferrari, because we want to beat them too eventually. I know we will get there eventually, and keep on pushing to make sure we do."

As for the fact this event will be a special one for the regie as they will celebrate 30 years in the sport, Heikki said that while such things are important, it won't make too much difference to him.

"It's a big milestone for Renault, no doubt, but it doesn't change our weekend too much," he summed-up.

"Scoring a good result means doing the maximum, no matter where it is or what the occasion might be. That's what we will be trying for again this weekend and well, if it is another nice milestone in our recovery, then that's all the better I suppose!"

 

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