Frustrated by the way his European Grand Prix turned out, Giancarlo Fisichella is determined to put the Nurburgring behind him and set about redressing the balance in Hungary.

The Italian was one of the few drivers who did not pit for wet-weather tyres at the end of a rain-hit opening lap in Germany a fortnight ago, and was left to play catch-up thereafter, having also had to queue behind rookie team-mate Heikki Kovalainen when they stopped to return to 'slicks' after the race was restarted. Unable to make much impact on the point-scoring places in dry conditions, Fisi had to settle for tenth at the chequered flag.

"We were all quite down on Sunday evening but, since then, a lot of work has been done to understand where we went wrong, and to avoid repeating our mistakes," he reports, "It is in the past now, we have learned what we could from the weekend, and we are now fully-focused on the race ahead. We need to carry on moving forward.

Although the reported consensus is that the track does little to promote racing, the majority of them drivers enjoy the Hungaroring, Fisichella among them, and the Italian is keen to make up for the error that cost him a decent result there last year.

"I have always enjoyed this race, I like the track and I have been competitive here in the past," he confirmed, "I crashed out of the race last year after making a mistake, but the conditions were very difficult indeed. We are expecting much hotter temperatures this year, which will be a very different challenge."

Confidence boosted by the R27's performance in Monaco - the circuit which most closely resembles the Hungaroring - and the fact that the expected conditions should suit the car's use of its Bridgestone tyres, Fisichella is optimistic that he can run well again this weekend.

"Hungary is quite a selective circuit, and the very high temperatures often make things a bit more complicated, especially for the drivers and the powertrain. To be quick here, you need an effective high downforce set-up, good grip and good traction out of the slow corners. We will be working on those areas as soon as we start running on Friday morning."

 

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