After a disappointing home race last weekend at Monza, Giancarlo Fisichella is hoping for an upturn in fortunes as the Belgian Grand Prix returns to the Formula 1 schedule this weekend at Spa.

The famed circuit, which has undergone a number of changes ahead of a return to the calendar this season, will play host to the final race of the European season, with Renault ace Fisichella aiming to bounce back from a hugely frustrating race last weekend in Italy.

Then, the Italian was only able to qualify down in 15th place and finished in twelfth - results he is hoping to improve this weekend.

"To be honest, after I was held up in qualifying, I knew I was in for a tough weekend," he said. "15th isn't the place to start from if you want a good result on Sunday, but I still pushed hard all the way through the race. I finished twelfth and there's no doubt that I had wanted a better result on home ground in Italy. But there are still four races left, and we will be aiming to put in a strong performance at each one."

Fisichella added that he believes that the R27 could be strong this weekend, with the car having already run well in low downforce configuration.

"We have already seen this season that our car is quite competitive in low downforce configuration, notwithstanding the performance last week in Monza," he said. "We run higher downforce than in Italy, but this we still have relatively little wing in order to get good top speeds, and I think this is a good opportunity for us to be competitive.

"As always, we will be doing the maximum to ensure this is the case."



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