KRS’s Season Finale Preview| Kimi’s Column – Pre Brazil
but I felt like making KRS’s very own one. Hope you like it. But it
seems as if FOM have had it removed on YouTube, for no good reason,
despite it actually promoting the damn sport’s final! They never cease
to amaze me!
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Duration – 1.03mins
Kimi’s Column – Pre Brazil GP
Down to the wire. The fight for the championship has gone right down to the wire. I’m still an outsider to win the title, but as we saw in Shanghai two weeks ago, anything can happen.
I have a very competitive car, so that helps. Obviously, the driver who has the most points must always be the favourite in normal conditions. But it’s going to be exciting.
We go to Brazil in position 3. The main thing is that we still have a chance to fight. We will give it our all, that’s for sure. I’ll fly to Sao Paulo on Tuesday. There, I’ll have my 28th birthday on Wednesday. I have no plans to celebrate. It’s better just to focus on the weekend. I hope for just one present for my birthday and I hope to get it after the race on Sunday.
I decided to take a few days off in Dubai before flying to Sao Paulo. It helped with the training and there is great weather at this time of year.
It is nice to get on going after the Chinese Grand Prix. I had a very good feeling with the car and the team in Shanghai. There was no time to make miracles. We have just done some simulations in the factory so that the car is ready to roll on that bumpy Interlagos track.
I guess the boys at McLaren have done their job as we did. There is a lot of pressure on both sides. They are the favourites yet they fight against eachother too. Hopefully we benefit from that.
To do well in Sao Paulo, we need to have a very strong and solid weekend without problems. Obviously the front row is very important. So is a good, strong all round package. Also, the engine is important, pulling up the hill.
I will treat the final race the same way as the last two. My aim is to win and the rest is not up to me. For me it is a similar position to 2003’s season final. Then, I lost the title to Michael. But looking back at the race, it was a close call and at one point during the race it looked possible.
Hamilton has seven points more than us. It is not easy to go to the last race to just get a couple of points more. We cannot calculate. We must win. For us, it is a straight forward race.
I have been reading stories, that the tyre choice from Bridgestone – super soft and soft – should be better for McLaren, like it was in Monaco and Hungary. It is true that the supersofts did favour McLaren early in the season. But since then, Ferrari have improved the set up. So we will just have to wait and see, how it goes in Brazil.
I have been close to winning in Sao Paulo, but it has never quite paid off. To have finished there 3 times in second place is not bad. Once I already had the trophy at my home, but two weeks later I had to give it back (to Giancarlo Fisichella).
Two weeks ago I said the same about Shanghai and then I won. Let’s hope it is the same result again.
In other news ahead of the Brazillian GP:
Ferrari to squeeze extra performance from engine – For Brazil, Ferrari’s two F2007 cars for Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe
Massa will be fitted with fresh engines. Under current regulations the
engines must last two race weekends, but with only one round left this
season, Ferrari will be pushing as many of the tolerances as possible
to gain extra performance according to the team’s track engine chief
This is what McLaren did very often throughout the 2005 championship, and it ended in tears basically. Despite winning 10 of the 17 races and claiming 10 fastest laps they didn’t win the championship. I hope Kimi isn’t let down in this final race by an engine that can’t handle it’s power.
Massa to stay at Ferrari through 2010 – Ferrari have announced that they have extended Felipe Massa’s contract until the end of the 2010 season.
There had been rumours that Massa would have to leave the team to
make way for Fernando Alonso if the Spaniard split with McLaren after
this year, but Ferrari boss Jean Todt dismissed this speculation last
month and insisted that the team were committed to Massa and Kimi
Massa’s new deal is also set to end continued suggestions that
Alonso could join Ferrari for 2009, when the Brazilian’s previous
contract would have expired. Raikkonen’s Ferrari deal runs to the end of the 2009 season.
That’s great news! Because I didn’t like the thought of Alonso joining Ferrari and ruining things there too with Kimi, like he has done at McLaren. It would be an awesome line up for sure though, considering how Massa will probably do very badly without traction control in the next few years.It’s the perfect chance for him to mature more and even better with a pro like Kimi alongside him despite not being very friendly with eachother. Go on Felipe, make friends!