Fisichella Aims to Win in Brazil

Giancarlo Fisichella has warned McLaren to expect a major fight on their hands in this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix thanks to car and engine improvements that he believes will help lift his team's performance

Fisichella Aims to Win in Brazil

Although McLaren have been the pace-setters in recent races, Fisichella is pinning hopes on more performance from Renault thanks to the introduction of a new aerodynamic package and their new D-specification engine - which is due to be given the green-light for use in Brazil later today.

It comes as Renault remain locked in a tight fight with McLaren for the Constructors' Championship, even though Fernando Alonso has a comfortable 25-point margin in the drivers' title chase.

"I think for Fernando, it should be quite easy now to win the Drivers' Championship, but we are still in a big battle with McLaren for the constructors' and it is very close," said Fisichella on Monday.

"I think they have a stronger car, but the reliability is not so good. So I am really optimistic for the end of the season.

"I want to win another race, and maybe Brazil will be a good opportunity. We have a new aero package, and a new engine spec as well, so I think we can be a bit more aggressive over there."

Fisichella has reported no ill-effects after his sizeable accident during the Belgian Grand Prix and has admitted that he is relishing the prospect of racing in Brazil this weekend.

"I am fine," he said. "I was a bit sore the next day, but I tested last week in Silverstone and felt really good. It was disappointing to retire in Spa, because my car was competitive and with Montoya retiring, it could have been a good opportunity for us to score some points. But the car did a great job protecting me, and now I can't wait to get to Sao Paulo.

"I think we can go to Brazil feeling very optimistic. Maybe we are not as quick as McLaren still, but I definitely think we can be closer than in recent races."

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