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August 24, 2006 · Posted by staffFerrari

It’s been a long time since I was last in touch and I have been enjoying the break since the Hungarian Grand prix, which to be honest was a race to forget for us at Ferrari. But in a way, it was not such a bad result in terms of the championship, as our main rivals also had a poor weekend, so that we are more or less back where we started before the Budapest weekend in terms of points, only with just five races to go. It was fortunate for us, but when you consider that earlier in the season, we had been a little bit unlucky but that last race saw Renault also get some bad luck. After that race, I went home to Brazil for a week and then I went with my girlfriend to Miami to stay with some friends. Honestly, I think it was good to have a break from racing. I was not physically tired, but I felt it was useful to switch off and get some energy back and recharge your personal batteries for what is left of the season. Even though I was on the other side of the ocean, I kept in touch with the engineers back at the factory, because of course they were still working. In Miami, I spent most of my time on the beach doing sports and generally having a good time. I particularly enjoy jet-skiing which is great fun and of course it suits the main requirement for a racing driver – it involves an engine. Even without any racing or testing, the team has been working hard and we can expect some improvements to the overall package on the car, which should bring us a small gain, but of course, we can be sure the other teams have also been working hard. In a way, Renault is under more pressure than us, but we saw already last year that even in this situation, they are capable of winning races, so I expect it to be very tight between us all the way to the last round of the championship. But the pressure is there for them as we are very close to them now in terms of points and that is when it gets tough and when you can make mistakes, as we saw in the last race. When I say mistakes, I don’t just mean from the drivers, because in Budapest we saw team errors too. In my opinion, Renault has more to lose than Ferrari, because they have led for the whole championship, all the way from the beginning in Bahrain and so for them to lose now would feel much worse for them. We have been second to them all year, so that if we win at the end, it would be a great bonus for us, fantastic. Before coming out here to Istanbul, I ran the Formula 1 car on the streets of London, as part of a promotion for Shell. It was an amazing experience driving past famous London landmarks like the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. There were also some historic old Ferraris and some Ducati motorcycles taking part too. It looked like a typically English scene, because although it is the middle of August, the sky was black and I thought it was going to rain. They closed the roads and a big crowd turned out to watch. After that, I went to an English circuit called Snetterton, where I took Shell dealers for rides around the circuit in a Ferrari 430. It was my first time at this circuit, as my racing career, unlike so many of my fellow Brazilians, never involved a year in the UK, but I had some idea of what it was like from a computer game that features the British Touring Car championship. So now it’s time to go racing again and I am really pleased that it is here in Istanbul as I really love this track. Last year, I ran competitively, although I was unlucky in that I was involved in a collision at the start and had to stop t change the nose on the car. It is really nice to drive here and it is a circuit that gives a lot of pleasure to the driver. The layout is fantastic and I especially like the quick left hander which is really nice. I can’t wait to get out in the car again!


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9 responses so far

  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:59 by
    Fantastic Felipe !!! Finally u won ur first race !!!I hope that with Schumi champion u ll win at Interlagos in front of ur brasilian fans :)Congratulations !!
  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:59 by
    Hello Felipe,as u said Hungary was an unlucky race for both Ferrari and Renault but at least Ferrari made up other 3 points in the constructor championship and Michael 1 in the driver championship so in my opinion it was not as bad as everyone thinks.I really hope u enjoyed ur time in Miami and then in London,two lovely and magic cities in a different ways of course but both fantastic to discover.Well now time to comeback to fight again.All the Ferrari fans of the world are ready to support all u as stronger as ever,we all are sure that at the end we ll have a wonderful party in Monza next October celebrating together a great final of the season that ll see Ferrari to win both title !Forza Felipe ....
  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:59 by
    Very many congratulations on your first pole, Felipe!! No celebrating till after the weekend, though ;-) but, by then, let`s hope there`s even more to party for. Enjoy the race Ann
  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:59 by
    Hi Felipe! Congratulations for your first pole, it was a stunning lap!! The Ferrari's are looking very competitive at Istanbul! Hopefully, it will be a good race and it will finish with a Ferrari one-two!! (And ideally, Fernando will not finish!!!;) I think Renault are really starting to feel the pressure now, but they should know never to write off Ferrari, we are the best!! ;) I agree, they have everything to lose, and Ferrari have everything to gain!! ;) I didn't know you were coming to London to drive round the streets for Shell, otherwise I'd of come to watch you!! ;) I am keeping my fingers crossed for tomorrow!! ;) Good luck! And good luck for Michael !!! Forza Ferrari!! Ruth xxx ;)
  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:59 by
    Felipe set the pace today.He'expressing an impressive talent.Hope for a great double tomorrow.Ferrari 248F1 is too fast for everyone.That's really fun for us.Forza Ferrari
  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:59 by
    Cose Turche!!!!!!!!!Forza Ferrari!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:59 by
    Ok, I`m breaking all the rules by posting twice but, in this instance, I`m sure they`ll forgive me....... I`m sooooo happy for you! Congratulations!!! What a weekend for you - 1st pole + 1st win. Turkey will always be special for you now. Welcome to the Hall of Fame :o) Ann
  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:59 by
    Well done Felipe a stunning performance, absolute world class.
  • Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 08:59 by
    Damn RIGHT! You did it dude!!! I was soooo overjoyed, actually I wasnt believing it will happen till the last 5-6 laps... I'm so so so happy for you and Rob! You should be so proud with yourself, I know all the crap the press was writing for you all the time, drivers critisizing you for your bold moves and you just proved boy, how wrong they were! I hope next year, you will be again with Michael at Ferrari on equal terms and I hope that you will be this young man who he's talking about for so long that will start to beat him and then he'll retire! In fact, I know you will do it! P.S. Next time this season, if you are in the same situation(you, Fernando and Michael), repeat your last FRenault title winning race with Michael overtaking Fernando and you gonna be a legend boy!



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