I have been in Bahrain for a few days now..
April 3, 2008
I have been in Bahrain for a few days now, coming here after a short time at home in Brazil. So far, everything is fine, as you would expect as we have not started work yet! The weather is so much nicer than Malaysia and in fact I think it is also a bit cooler than we have experienced here in the past. At the track, after saying hello to all the guys, it was time for my usual meeting with the media. Today, they really seemed to expect me to be in a bad way because of my two bad results so far this season and I had to really spell it out to them that this is not the case! It will not change my mood, it will not change my work, it will not change my speed, it will not change anything. I am not the sort of guy who looks at what happened in the past and starts crying! The clock goes forwards not backwards so now we need to think about this race. The important thing is that we have a good car, a good team and I am looking forward to having a great result here. The only way to be happy is to have a good result, score a lot of points and this is my target for the weekend. I have good support from the team always and they are not changing their attitude to me just because of these two bad results. I am not new to F1 and I have experienced worse times than this and I can deal with the situation.
Of course, I think about the fact I won here last year and I do like this track. I also like the next few tracks. But we cannot say that just because I won last year, I will do it again this Sunday. I am not struggling with the cars in 2008 configuration. I am getting on fine with the car, it is just that I have had two bad results. These things can happen, but inside myself, I know what I’m doing and I know what I have to do to be quick in the car and to be fast and consistent. In Malaysia, I did start from pole and did some good laps, it was just in the end the result did not come. Now I need a solid weekend and a good result.
I think it is difficult to say if we have an advantage from having tested here at Sakhir in the winter. But we feel comfortable at this track which is a very quick one. I lost opportunities to score points in the first two races, but that does not mean it is over for the year. We still have another sixteen races to go and we know things can change very quickly in Formula 1. I still have the will to win and there are plenty more opportunities to do that. The time has come to turn the page.
So, what can we expect this weekend? The wind can always make life difficult here in the desert, but the sand is not a problem because, as long as you clean the track on the first day, it improves over the final two days, but the difficulties are the same for everyone. I think it is very nice to be here in Bahrain and the circuit is one of the best. BMW did a great race in Malaysia, but we must not forget that the two McLarens had a penalty that moved them further back down the grid. So we have to keep our eyes on both these teams and not forget some of the others either.