Giancarlo Fisichella admits the last two races have not gone far enough to establish Renault as genuine challengers to BMW's mantle as the 'number three' team in this year's Formula 1 World Championship.

Renault came away with just six points from the French and British Grands Prix to BMW's 17 points, a major disappointment given that Magny-Cours and Silverstone both signal the team's home races.

Nonetheless, Fisichella believes the pace is certainly there to keep up with Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica, whose fourth and sixth place finishes at Silverstone give them a 25-point advantage in the constructors' standings.

"It is fair to say that the last two races were a bit disappointing, all the more so because they were our home races. We knew that it would be a tough battle with BMW: all of the teams are making progress, and our challenge is to do so faster than them in order to get ahead and try to close the gap in the championship. We are going in the right direction, and everybody is doing their maximum. I am convinced that if we carry on like this, our hard work will pay off."

Heading into the next round of the championship at the Nurburgring for the European Grand Prix, Fisichella is looking forward to the rigours of the demanding circuit and is keen to produce a strong result for Renault.

"I have some good memories here. It is a famous circuit, and the new, slow section at the start of the lap is demanding for the drivers and the cars. From my point of view, the old Nurburgring was definitely the best circuit in the world, so I am pleased to be racing here again."



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