Robert Kubica has said that he is hoping the Turkish Grand Prix will be kinder to him - and the BMW Sauber team next weekend, after last year's event turned out to be one to forget.

Speaking ahead of the twelfth round in the 2007 FIA Formula 1 World Championship, Kubica added though that while he might not done that well last year, only finishing twelfth after tyre issues cost him considerable time in his second stint, he was still none-the-less won over by the track, which he rates very highly.

"It is an amazing circuit," he noted. "Turn 8 has already staked its claim to fame. Most drivers find this section quite a challenge. It is very long and in fact consists of four different bends. Its great fun as soon as you've got your line sorted out.

"The circuit can be pretty vicious though, because occasionally you bottom out, lose traction and the car becomes unstable.

"We weren't particularly fast there in 2006. I hope things will look better in 2007," he added.

Kubica's team-mate, Nick Heidfeld meanwhile didn't do especially well in Turkey last year either. He eventually finished 14th after an incident with Renault's Giancarlo Fisichella at the start.

"The race in 2006 was disappointing. Sixth place on the grid was good, but I was hit by Giancarlo Fisichella in the first corner and ultimately only just managed to coax a damaged car across the finishing line," reflected Nick.

As for the track, Heidfeld, like Kubica, thinks it is great: "The circuit does have overtaking possibilities, which is very good. It has an extremely long straight and there are slow and high-speed corners. Turn 8 is a favourite of mine: it's very fast and difficult," he summed-up.

 

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