We are going in the right direction - Fisico

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The Italian ING Renault F1 Team driver, Giancarlo Fisichella, previews round ten of the 2007 Formula 1 World Championship, the European Grand Prix at the Nürbürgring. The Roman is optimistic about his chances at the German track.

Giancarlo, we have passed the mid-season point. The last two races were quite tough, and you lost ground to BMW. Do you think you can turn things around this weekend?

"It is fair to say that the last two races were a bit disappointing, all the more so because they were our home races. We knew that it would be a tough battle with BMW: all of the teams are making progress, and our challenge is to do so faster than them in order to get ahead and try to close the gap in the championship. We are going in the right direction, and everybody is doing their maximum. I am convinced that if we carry on like this, our hard work will pay off."

This year’s only German race is the European Grand Prix at the Nürburgring. Do you enjoy the circuit?

"Yes, I have some good memories here. It is a famous circuit, and the new, slow section at the start of the lap is demanding for the drivers and the cars. From my point of view, the old Nürburgring was definitely the best circuit in the world, so I am pleased to be racing here again."

What does the car need to do well, in order to set a quick lap at the Nürburgring?

"The most important thing is good traction on corner exit. We use quite high downforce, and the main worry is the understeer, which can be quite high. So we try and soften the front end to get good grip, by playing with the springs and anti-rollbars, while keeping the rear stiffer. That will be a major focus for us during the practice sessions."

This will be the first race in Germany since Michael Schumacher’s retirement. Do you think that will change the atmosphere?

"Maybe there will be fewer spectators, maybe not. Racing in Germany without Michael will be very different, but there are a lot of racing fans there and the Nürburgring is an historic venue. We need to make sure we put on a good show for everybody."

Source Renault