F1 and the World Cup
June 7, 2006
Hello to every blog-friend!
I had just one day of testing in Barcelona last week. It rained in the morning, which is a good thing really as it is not impossible for us to have some rain showers at Silverstone this weekend, especially as the race is a month earlier than usual. At the moment the weather in England is good, but you never know. Water is never far away in England! In the wet in Barcelona we were very quick compared to our competitors. Then, in the afternoon in the dry, we did a lot of laps and I tried tyres and some interesting things in terms of car set-up. It was a good day for us, especially as compared to the team that leads us in the championship we were always very very quick. Then, the second and third days of the session with Michael were also very positive. So I am really looking forward to Silverstone, because at the end of the day the Barcelona circuit is quite similar in terms of layout and set-up and in the type of tyres you need. We have found some interesting things for Silverstone.
We need a good result after I was unable to score points in Monaco. I am hoping to be strong in the next few races. Your demands definitely change depending on which team you are with. Already, I have more points after seven races than I have ever scored in a whole season in my past career, but as a Ferrari driver that’s really not enough. What I can do in the Ferrari is definitely much more than I could do in the past. So I want to forget Monaco and get back on the good course I was on after the Spanish Grand Prix.
After the testing I have been keeping up my training of course, but I have also been quite busy with other things. I went to Paris at the weekend for Jacques Villeneuve’s wedding, where I was invited because we used to be team-mates. It was a very enjoyable day. I was travelling a lot, as after Paris, on the Sunday I flew down to Athens for a promotion for Shell. From there I went back home to Monaco but only until Wednesday, as I fly to England to do another Shell event in Manchester before going to Silverstone. It’s a circuit I enjoy driving, because I like the track layout with its quick corners. In the past I have been competitive there so I hope this time it will be a good weekend for me.
Although Friday will be the same as ever, Saturday and Sunday means an earlier start than usual, as qualifying is 90 minutes earlier than at most races and the Grand Prix itself starts at midday instead of the usual 2 o’clock. Of course, this is to avoid clashes with the World Cup, including the first England game as they play on the day of Qualifying. I will have to wait until Tuesday to see Brazil play Croatia. I will only be watching that on TV, but I am going to Germany to be in the stadium when Brazil plays its second game against Australia. Like all Brazilians I will be looking forward to the series, because everyone in Brazil is crazy about football and they have forgotten about Formula 1 at the moment. I hope that in Silverstone I will have a good day and remind everyone at home that Formula 1 is still alive!