Ecco la squadra della Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro che arriva in Francia... Here is the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro team arriving in France....(foto dppi)
It’s nice to be back in Europe for summer, as I have just come to France from my home in Sao Paulo where of course it is winter right now. Although I must say the weather here was a bit of a shock. I know we have mild winters in Brazil, compared to here anyway, but to go from the 23 degrees at home to an amazing 36 here in Magny-Cours was a surprise.
I don’t have much to tell you about my time at home as honestly, I didn’t do much, apart from relax with my family and friends and continue with my training programme. Every day I would go and work out in the gym and then go running in a park near the gym. It’s in an area called Ibirapuera and very beautiful. Lots of my fellow drivers like cycling, but I just prefer running and as long as you don’t try and run a long distance like a marathon, it’s not too hard on your joints. Of course, running in the park, I get recognised by people all the time, but I don’t have to stop my training for them as, if they want an autograph, they have to catch me first! Occasionally, a dog might chase me, but that does not bother me, as in my family’s home in the countryside, I have three dogs, or four if you count the one that’s supposed to belong to my girlfriend. They are all Labradors, which are a super breed of dog. Usually, they are very well behaved, but my girlfriend’s one, which is a beautiful chocolate colour, is completely crazy.
What can I tell you about this weekend? As you probably know, Magny-Cours has just about the smoothest track surface of the year and I guess that might make it a bit more comfortable to drive on, but this weekend, the high temperatures mean it is going to be quite a tough Sunday afternoon if it stays like this. It’s also a very safe circuit, with big run-off areas, but this does not mean you drive in a different way, because in Formula 1, you always drive on the limit, whatever the circuit – even Monaco. That’s all for today as I have to rush off for another engineers meeting.
I am back home in Sao Paulo now, as I am not part of this week’s testing programme. I am still feeling very happy about my second place in Indianapolis. It was a fantastic sensation being on that podium with such a big crowd, with Michael next to me and lots of Brazilian flags waving from the grandstands opposite.
I think Sunday’s race was very good for the future of Formula 1 in the USA and it was also very good for Ferrari and for me, as I feel I did drive a really good race and was able to push all the way. Racing is not just about speed, you also need to be intelligent, especially when you are fighting for a championship and so last weekend really was a perfect job from my point of view and from the team perspective also. On top of that, it has really given us all even more motivation to keep pushing all the way to the end of the season. On a personal level, this is my best result and so it is important for me in terms of my career, as you need to be at the front of the field to be noticed.
After such a dominant performance from us this weekend, I was often asked if this was a sign that Ferrari is back on top. Firstly, I would say that the team has been very near the top for a few races now, but circumstances meant that was not always so obvious. On top of that, in Indy, the other tyre company I am sure adopted a more conservative approach than usual in terms of the performance of its tyres, after events last year. When we are back in Europe, I expect the competition to get harder for us again and that we will not look so dominant. But in Indy, we showed that our Bridgestone can work at very high temperatures, which we will see now in the European summer. Also, we have some evolutions coming on the car, so combining this and some advantages from our tyres, I think we can be very competitive.
I am staying here in Brazil until Tuesday, where I will be relaxing, seeing my family and going to the gym. I am not a hundred percent crazy about fitness training, but the gym I use is popular with other racing drivers and so I find it much nicer to always train with some other people, as it makes the time pass more quickly.
I would like to congratulate with the Italian team for yesterday match!
Of course, I had hoped that I would be watching Brazil play in the World Cup final here at home, but unfortunately that won't happen now..