Nico Rosberg is prepared for another tough grand prix this weekend but insists that, whatever Istanbul throws at him, the race will be easier than the last outing, in Hungary, three weeks ago.

Formula One returns to the Istanbul Park race track for only the third time this weekend, but the purpose-built facility - designed by Hermann Tilke - is quickly becoming one of the most popular destinations on the calendar, with a technical circuit combining with usually hot temperatures to provide a stern test of man and machine.

"Istanbul is a great track, so I'm looking forward to driving it again," the German commented, "I'm hoping we will have found some more performance over the three-week gap which will allow us to stay close to the others and to keep our momentum going into the last races.

"It's going to be very hot again, so it'll be a tough race, but it will still be easier than Hungary. I have some good memories from last year's race in Turkey, where I was running in fifth at one point. To have a good race this year and score some more points for the team is what I'll be aiming for."

With 234 points still up for grabs, the remaining six races will see a continuation, not only of the closely-fought title battle, but also that among the teams in the midfield, Rosberg's Williams operation among them.

"The Istanbul circuit has a great layout, and is a challenging track for the drivers," technical director Sam Michael confirmed, "There are a couple of overtaking opportunities around each lap, which make for good racing.

"During the three-week break following the last race in Hungary, we've been working hard to deliver some more performance for the FW29 as we enter the final leg
of the 2007 season. Downforce levels have to be fairly high in Turkey, not because the straights are long, but due to the many corners. The set-up will be geared towards medium speed cornering, while still allowing for the very long left-hand corner that really loads up the tyres during the lap."

 

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