Monza, Italy, Sep 10 (UNI) Aiming to better Force India's unimpressive record in the Formula One circuit, Giancarlo Fisichella is eagerly looking forward to the Italian Grand Prix.
''Monza is one of my favourite events on the calendar, partly because it's my home race and the crowd gets behind any of the Italian drivers but also because it's such a fantastic track,'' Fisichella said.
''In Monza we have to continue to work hard, try to qualify well and have a clean first lap to be able to take advantage of any conditions ahead. I feel confident and it would be good to be able to have a strong result at home,'' he added.
The 36-year-old, however, warned that the track will be a difficult one and will test the competing drivers to the hilt.
''It might look easy, but you have to work hard to have a set-up that allows you the speed on the straights without compromising stability through the chicanes and the curves,'' he opined. ''Like Spa, it's a real drivers' track and a great challenge.'' Expressing disappointment with his performance at the Belgium Grand Prix, Fisi said,''I'm disappointed with the ultimate result in Belgium as my race was really over at the start when Nakajima spun in front of me on the first lap.'' ''When I was in clean air I could push and do similar lap times to the rest of the field and we managed to make up some time with the call to change to wets very early on,'' he added.
Fisichella's team-mate Adrian Sutil was excited about the Italian Grand Prix.
''I'm feeling very positive about Monza now following the result in Belgium. We certainly did as well as we could have done on Sunday and I was happy with the performance. We had a good set up that allowed me to get past people on the straights, and I could really move through the field and had a great fight with Button,'' Sutil remarked.
''I think Honda are our closest rivals now, and this will be the case in Italy. We had a good test there last week and I think we have a good baseline set-up, we just need to work hard as we have done before and then take advantage of any chances that come our way.'' UNI XC AB RKM GC1821