After the disappointment of the Turkish Grand Prix, when an incident at the first corner hit his challenge, Giancarlo Fisichella will hope to return to the points this weekend on home soil as Formula 1 heads to Italy for the penultimate European race of the season.

With the San Marino GP having been canned this season, the Monza event will mark the only chance Fisichella has to compete on home soil during the 2007 season and he admitted that the cancellation of the Imola event gave this weekends race extra meaning.

"It means even more because this is the only race in Italy this season, because we haven't been to Imola!" he said. "I have always enjoyed racing at Monza, ever since I won here in Formula 3. I got on the podium in 2005 as well, the first Italian to do that since Alboreto. It is a challenging circuit for the drivers, and I have some good memories, so I am looking forward to seeing what we can do this year.

"There is no extra pressure from racing at home, in actual fact I would say it's the opposite because it pushes you to give even more effort because you are racing in front of your people, with friends and family watching on too!"

Following on from last weeks test session at Monza, Fisichella added that he was hoping to secure a solid finish in the race although he admitted that it would be vital to get the balance right between qualifying and the race itself.

"There are still five races to go, and each one will be important for the team and myself," he said. "We are totally focused on the Italian Grand Prix this weekend, which will be a very special race for me.

"We have been working hard to ensure the car can be competitive. Our test last week was spent preparing for the race, even though bad weather on Thursday restricted our running. Like the other teams, we have a specific, new aerodynamic package for this race, which is adapted to the specific demands of the circuit. We know that our engine is strong too, but even though we have tested here recently, it will still be important to make good use of practice to fine-tune the car, and find the right compromise for qualifying and the race."

 

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