Some relax at last
August 10, 2007
“At last, I am back home here in Sao Paolo after several weeks in Europe and now I am relaxing with my family, my girlfriend and friends, recharging my batteries and renewing my energy levels before the next round of the championship.
“Looking back at Hungary, it was definitely a frustrating race for me, in fact I can go further and say it was actually the worst race in my whole career. Everything started from the problem on Saturday afternoon, because if I had started from the front row, which was a definite possibility, I had a very good chance of fighting for a podium finish. But anyway, Saturday’s events were not nice to live through. It was a combination of mistakes from the team and driver, which lost me the chance of having a fight on Sunday. The race itself, starting towards the back and basically staying there, without any real opportunities to pass anybody, was very frustrating. Of course, we had chosen to start with a very heavy car in terms of fuel load and that meant it was not so easy to fight.
“At the start of the Budapest weekend, I was asked if it would be another situation like Monaco where we were not competitive on a slower track. For sure, it was not a good track for us, especially as could be seen in qualifying, although it was much more competitive in the race.
“But all that is in the past and now we have to think about the present and the future. I trust the team and I am sure we can repeat some of the very good results we had earlier this year. Fortunately, many of the upcoming circuits will be much better suited to our package and I am sure we can win some races. It is true that some circuits did not suit us so well this year and that our main rivals have been more consistent than us in terms of performance and in fact in terms of reliability, as they had no real mechanical problems during the races. We have had some problems, which is why they are ahead of us in both championships at the moment. But we still have six races to fight back. We just need to keep working hard, but it won’t be easy to be ahead of them in every race. There is no testing now for a while, but at least that is the same for everyone and of course, the guys are working hard back in the factory.
“At the moment, I am also working on the organisation side of the big go kart event we hold here at the end of November: it’s a sort of race of champions, when lots of F1 drivers come and take part and this year, even Michael Schumacher is going to come over and join us, which I am very pleased about. It is giving me a change of focus at the moment and helping me to relax. On Wednesday, I will be going to Miami for about five days to spend some time there as it’s a great place for a break and then I will head off straight to Istanbul to start the final part of the championship.”