Q&A with Renaults Giancarlo Fisichella 25 Sep 2007
Things did not go quite to plan for Renaults Giancarlo Fisichella at the last round in Belgium, with his opening-lap retirement marking his fifth consecutive non points-scoring result. Nevertheless, Fisichella is determined to move on from recent disappointments and is upbeat as he heads to Japans Fuji Speedway, a track he raced on in Formula Three
Q: Giancarlo, you seemed out of luck in Belgium - an engine change and first lap retirement
Giancarlo Fisichella: There isn't much to say about the weekend to be honest. It was a complicated weekend, and it was made more frustrating by the fact that the car was working well. My concentration is now on the final three races, where I am looking to have some good battles and score more points.
Q: The Japanese Grand Prix has moved to Fuji - are you looking forward to racing on this new circuit?
GF: Yes, I think it is always interesting for the teams and drivers when you go to a new place, and a new circuit. It breaks up the routine from year to year when things change around. And for the drivers and also the engineers, I think it makes our job a bit more interesting. To be honest, this isn't my first time in Fuji because I raced there back in 1993 in Formula Three - but the circuit has changed a lot since then. That means I will have plenty of work to do learning the track.
Q: How do you approach a race at a track you have never driven before?
GF: We have our traditional circuit walk with the engineers early in the weekend, where we talk about the driving line, the braking points and the gear ratios. After that, the best thing is to do a few laps on a motorbike or scooter to get some visual reference points and try to understand the flow of the circuit. That will be what I focus on at the start of the week.
Q: Is the Japanese Grand Prix a race you enjoy?
GF: Yes, I really do. Japan is a country I like in general, and I have always had a fun time racing here. I have been on the podium both times I have raced for Renault in Japan, and I am hoping for another good race at Fuji this year.