June 15, 2006
Dear Y&F friends,The simplest way to sum up our performance in the British Grand Prix is to say that we all expected to do a bit better than we did. It was not a great weekend for us, but we’re not giving up on the championship, even though Renault put on a great performance at Silverstone. The talk in the paddock after qualifying was that probably the Renaults would be stopping earlier than the Ferraris, but honestly, from all our data, we expected them to go at least as far as us in the first stint and that’s what happened. We tried to change our strategy by a lap or so to get ahead, but it was not enough. They are strong, but to be honest our tyres did not work in quite the way we had expected. But now the important thing is to look forward and that means starting with the next race in Canada.
That’s why I’m here testing in the south of France, at the Le Castellet circuit. The next two races need a different aero package – low drag - to what we have been running so far this year and we have different wings which should give us a very efficient car. We have only done the one day of testing so far, but we are quite optimistic about this configuration, because it has shown really good performance in the wind tunnel. So these next couple of days running here are to validate the changes and to get used to the effect they have on the rest of the car. I think we can be quite strong with this package. We are also working on evaluating tyres for the next two races and different braking materials, as Canada is tough on brakes although we really do not have any issues in this area.
I am testing here at Le Castellet until the end of Friday, then I’m going home to Monaco which is a very short drive away. Of course, I have been watching the World Cup, even here at the test, once our engineering debriefing was finished we watched the Germany – Poland game. It’s true that Brazil did not play great football in our first game and it was not a brilliant match. But we won and that’s the important thing. Don’t worry, we are going to play well for the rest of the tournament. Next time they play, on Sunday, I am actually going to be at the match in the stadium in Munich and I’m really looking forward to seeing them play, before heading off for Montreal on Tuesday.