Having had an extra week to get over the disappointment of the Hungarian Grand Prix, Giancarlo Fisichella has already turned his attention to the resumption of the Formula One season in Turkey.

The Italian saw his top ten qualifying positions negated for allegedly blocking Sakon Yamamoto in the opening phase of qualifying at the Hungaroring - something he attributed to finding a slow Toro Rosso car on his line at the final turn - and spent the rest of the weekend trying to salvage as much as possible from the race.

"My race was decided there and then on Saturday afternoon because, as everybody knows, it is very hard to overtake in Budapest," he confirmed in the build-up to Turkey, "What's more, my strategy had been calculated for a top ten starting spot."

With rookie team-mate Heikki Kovalainen seemingly gaining in pace and confidence with every passing round since Canada, and team boss Flavio Briatore choosing to delay his decision on next year's line-up, Fisichella is keen to put in a good performance in each of the next two rounds.

"That race is now in the past," he said of Hungary, "and I am focused on the weekend ahead. We will be trying to have a strong race, as it's important for me and for the team's championship position.

"I'm looking forward to Istanbul Very much. It is a new generation circuit - everything is still very new and it is a properly challenging circuit. I have always raced well there in the past, and I hope it will be the case again this year."

Along with the majority of his rivals, Fisichella is looking forward to one particular challenge on the Turkish circuit, which made its debut on the F1 schedule two years ago.

"There is the small matter of the circuit's 'signature corner', the impressive turn eight," he smiled, "It is probably the most difficult corner in the whole championship - a long left-hander, with an apex speed of around 250kph, going on for about 6.5secs. There are some high g-forces to contend with on your body, but especially on the neck, and it can be very difficult, especially at the end of the race. It is demanding for the drivers, but that is the attraction for us!

"Just like at every other circuit, the most important thing is to find a good handling balance. We need to find the correct compromise in terms of downforce, set the suspension quite stiff - and work hard to get a good level of traction. Our work during practice on Friday will focus on trying out some different set-ups to give us a competitive car for both qualifying and the race."



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