There aren't many venues that Fernando Alonso hasn't won at, but Monza remains a circuit that is yet to deliver the double world champion a victory in the five occasions he has raced in the Italian Grand Prix.

Not that the circuit does not feature high on Alonso's list of favourites, the Spaniard enjoying its high-speed characteristics, even if he does admit to it being a track that does not always allow you to be in control of the car.

Still, Monza does not bring too many happy memories for Alonso, not least the controversy of last year's event when he was demoted on the grid for blocking Felipe Massa, an act that produced an outcry amongst fans and the media.

An engine failure in the race went on to almost ruin his title chances, but Alonso, who is just five points behind McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton in the standings, is confident he can make amends this year, not least after a successful test there ahead of the race.

"The Monza track is not like any other we race on during the season, it is all about high speeds. The cars always feel so different, very light and not always under control to be honest!

"We spent time testing these on the track this week, and we had some good feedback so I feel positive going into the race. It is a challenge, but it is a special circuit and it is a great feeling to race here.

"Last year did not give me any good memories, but it is a track that I would really like to win at so hopefully we can make that happen in 2007. The track is very famous for the Parabolica corner, alongside all the straights. It is flat out, and you really have to be on the edge and push the car hard, which is a real feeling of risk because of the light handling of the car."

 

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