The life of a grand prix driver for Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro really seems to be a varied one, covering everything from racing to rugby. After the excitement of the Malaysian Grand Prix, I headed off to Bali with my parents and my girlfriend. As I mentioned last time, I chose Bali simply because it’s a place I had never been to before. And yes, it really is a beautiful spot to visit. But, I’ll be honest with you and admit that maybe I’m not the best type of tourist as I did not bother too much with all the sights there are to see. Instead, I just enjoyed relaxing after the rush of two races in the space of one week.
I arrived here in Melbourne on Monday, while my family headed back home to Brazil. I have always liked this place as there is a real buzz about it and the people are very friendly and interested in the Grand Prix. One thing I have had to get used to as a Ferrari driver is that there is always a sponsor that needs some of your time, but usually it involves something new and different to do, so I am happy with that, as I am always up for something to do. Here in Melbourne, it involved playing Rugby Sevens, which means Rugby Union with seven players per side, instead of fifteen. Now I know that Italy are surprisingly competent at this sport, but it’s not something we Brazilians have ever shone at. I mean, for starters, the ball is the wrong shape! It’s very difficult to catch. But anyway, here in Melbourne near the circuit, I played in one team and Michael played in the other. I scored two “tries” whatever that means, but more importantly, I enjoyed myself and did not break any bones.
Tomorrow, Thursday gets more serious as I go to the track for the first engineering briefing meetings. The team did some testing back in Europe last week, which was constantly interrupted by rain, but as there is a wet forecast for much of this weekend, then maybe it will produce useful data. I am hoping for a good weekend here. For starter, although it might sound strange, there is something about the lifestyle here that reminds me of home in Brazil. Like us, the Australians like to live outdoors and have a good attitude to life. I have never done too well here in the races: a few years ago I got involved in a first corner accident. Then I had an engine problem and last year I finished ninth. So, this year, I really expect us to have a package that’s good enough to see us on the podium on Sunday afternoon.
Sto scoprendo che la vita di un pilota della Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro è davvero molto varia, dal rugby alle corse. Dopo l’eccitazione del Gran Premio della Malesia, sono partito per Bali con la mia famiglia e la mia fidanzata. Come ho gà detto, ho scelto Bali per la sua bellezza e perché non ci ero mai stato prima. Ma sarò onesto: non sono probabilmente la “migliore specie” di turista poiché ho pensato soprattutto a rilassarmi tra le due gare invece di godermi tutto il paesaggio che Bali poteva offrire.
Sono arrivato lunedì scorso a Melbourne, mentre la mia famiglia è tornata in Brasile. Adoro veramente la vita a Melbourne, le persone sono davvero calde e c’è vera passione per il Grand Prix.