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Q & A with Giancarlo Fisichella

Conducted and provided by the Renault F1 Team press office

Q: Although the team's overall performance so far has been disappointing, you have driven three aggressive races. How will you be approaching the Spanish Grand Prix?

Giancarlo Fisichella: "At the first three races, we managed to get the maximum out of our package, and that was something positive. But we know that the car is not competitive enough yet.

"The team has been working very hard over the last few weeks to understand the problems, and how to solve them. Personally, my focus is on the race, and on taking every opportunity to make sure we continue performing to the car's maximum."

Q: You said that the team has been working hard since Bahrain. Do you think the R27 will have improved relative to the competition?

Fisichella: "We have worked well, and made progress. The test last week gave us the opportunity to find a good set-up with the car, and to work with some new parts.

"We are going in the right direction, and everybody in the team is very motivated, but our competitors are clearly working hard too and moving forward. The competition is very close at the moment, and we will need to be ready to battle again this weekend."

Q: You know the Circuit de Catalunya by heart after testing here so often over the years. Is it a circuit you enjoy?

Fisichella: "It's true that we test here a lot because it's very demanding for the tyres, and also the aerodynamics. It is a very complete circuit, and tough for the cars. From a driving point of view it's a good challenge too, and I always enjoy racing in Barcelona.

"I finished on the podium in 2006, and set fastest lap in 2005, so it suits me well. The races are always close, and you have to keep the car and tyres in good condition all the way through to get a good result. I'm certainly looking forward to the race."

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