Ernesto Viso claimed his third fourth place finish in as many races in the opening event at the Hungaroring on Saturday, but insists that he has silverware in mind for the sprint race.

The Venezuelan started the 42-lap feature race from eleventh on the grid and, with the knowledge that overtaking is tough on the Budapest circuit, made up good ground early on to put himself into a points position by the end of lap one. Although iSport team-mate Timo Glock's ploy of taking an early pit-stop vaulted the German ahead, Viso took advantage of his own good stop to pass Xandi Negrao and then benefited from Gianmaria Bruni's late retirement to move into fourth place - the position he occupied in both Hockenheim races a week ago.

"Today was a good race," he smiled, "I started tenth and finished fourth, I took some good places at the start and another in the pit-stop, although we probably lost a little time because we stayed too long on track behind Negrao. In the second part of the race, the performance of the tyres was not the best, but I could control the gap to Negrao without problem."

Glock's ultra-successful switch to the seat alongside Viso has raised the stakes for the Venezuelan in recent races, and he was naturally disappointed to come away from race one behind the German.

"We stayed out six laps longer than him, and it was our strategy," he explained, "My engineer suggested it, it was his decision, but it all depends on the race and the track, who you have up front and other reasons. Possibly we should have stopped sooner, but I think I lapped quicker [than Glock] today, and my start was quicker than his. I think he was just lucky with his pit-stop.

"He just pitted at a good moment and came out ahead of some other guys on the track, but the team did a very good job with both pit-stops - they were almost exactly the same, so I've got nothing to complain about. His engineer just took a risk, and it paid off."

Fourth place in a feature races yields fifth on the grid for the ensuing sprint event, and Viso sees no reason why he can't break his run of fourth places on Sunday.

"I want a podium," he said, in no uncertain terms, "It will be a tough race, but I think we can do it. It is very difficult to overtake here, but I will be starting on the clean side of the track so that should help. I've finished fourth in the last three races, so I really hope that the chain will break here."



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