Heikki Kovalainen maintained his strong run of form with a seventh place finish in the Italian Grand Prix, the Finn claiming he was on the limit throughout the race at Monza.

His fifth top eight finish in a row, Kovalainen was again consistently the fastest of the Renaults over the course of qualifying and the race, the Finn getting a good start to run sixth throughout the first half of the race and staying in touch with the BMWs ahead.

However, Kovalainen was the lowest placed of the two-stop strategists and although he managed to build a good enough lead over those behind to ensure he would at least score points, it wasn't enough to keep the best of the one-stoppers, Nico Rosberg, behind.

Nonetheless, Kovalainen has consolidated his status as the leading Renault runner in the point standings and although seventh doesn't represent his best result of the season, he insists it was the best he could manage otherwise.

"I was on the limit every lap today, and we just didn't have the pace over the full race distance to make up any ground. I got a fantastic start, passed Kubica and was fighting with Heidfeld going into the Curva Grande, but he put me on the grass and I had to back off, which meant I lost a place to Kubica as well.

"After that, it was quite a lonely race. I passed Robert at the first stop, and kept him behind me for the middle stint, but we just didn't have enough pace to come out ahead of Rosberg after my last pit-stop. Everybody did a good job today, and there were no mistakes at all. But unfortunately, this was the maximum we could do."

 

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