by Russell Atkins

Heikki Kovalainen insists he is unconcerned by reigning double world champions Renault's low-key start to the British Grand Prix weekend, and is confident of taking on BMW once again as the squad did in France seven days ago.

Although the Finn wound up eleventh at the end of the opening day's practice, that nevertheless marked a two-place improvement on his morning showing in a tightly-bunched midfield pack. What's more, he has been consistently quicker than team-mate Giancarlo Fisichella around Silverstone so far, and is positive the French outfit is firmly on the right track.

"I'm not concerned at all," he told Crash.net. "I was 17th and 19th in practice in Magny-Cours and then was fighting for fourth, fifth and sixth place in qualifying. I don't think the relative strength of the teams has changed massively within the space of just one week. Obviously it will be close, but hopefully we can do the same again on Saturday and get a bit closer to the top.

"We did our normal work for a Friday; there was nothing dramatic to be honest. [The track] was a little bit tougher than for example the test here - it has changed a little bit. The wind wasn't this strong at the test, but that's all part of the game.

"It does make some of the corners a little bit trickier when the wind is behind you. The car is generally a little bit more nervous, but after a few laps you get used to it. You just have to pay attention to that and be a little bit careful, but it's the same for everybody."

Kovalainen said while he was perhaps keener than usual to get a good result at Silverstone given the premature end to his challenge in Magny-Cours at the hands of Toyota's Jarno Trulli, he would not be taking any unnecessary risks as the R?gie aims to drag itself back up the order to regain some semblance of its former world-beating form.

"You need to make sure you don't overdrive and go crazy just because of having had a bad race in Magny-Cours," the 25-year-old underlined. "It's better to simply forget that and start from zero here again. We will aim to do our normal job on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and hopefully we will end up with a better result at the end of it, which is what I'm aiming to do.

"I guess [the target is to be] around the same position we've been in the last couple of races, between fifth and tenth. It's quite clear it's going to be close - it always is just around where we are - but hopefully we can be just ahead of the others and right up behind the top four."