Kimi’s Column: Pre – Spanish GP


Keeping the momentum have raced many times in Barcelona. It’s always a very challenging circuit, but this time going there feels even more exciting than usual. Obviously I prefer to be the leader, rather than the chaser I used to be almost every season there. Keeping all the others behind me in the race would mean keeping them behind the championship too.

My approach is to keep pushing 100% like the whole team. Things change very quickly in F1, so it’s important to get the maximum amount of points possible from every Grand Prix. There is such a long way to go.

All of us in the team are in good shape. Only my part of last week’s test was not that good, but it doesn’t matter. I think we should have enough speed for the weekend ahead. It looks good.

I expect Ferrari to be very competitive at Barcelona. But it’s going to be close between the top teams. All the teams have updates for the first European race which makes it more interesting.

We have won the last two races, and that brings our competitors to attack even harder. I really like racing in Europe, we don’t have to travel that long and all the energy is saved for the weekend itself. Traditionally, the real season begins when we come to Europe.

For me it’s just great. Never before I have been able to start the European season in such a good position. I have won once in Barcelona. Obviously that is my best memory from the Spanish Grand Prix. Actually, it was also my only podium there, so I really look forward to clinch a good result from Spain too.

Barcelona is such a circuit where you really need to get everything exactly right to be at the top. All the teams have tested many times at this circuit, so to get an advantage is not very easy. The set-up is crucial as the track changes with the wind and temperatures.
Last week’s test did not give a clear picture of how it is between the top teams for this race. We have made a small step forward. But it’s hard to judge things in testing with all teams trying different things and running various levels of fuel.

We know we have had our ups and downs in the first few races. Now I expect Ferrari to keep up the momentum in Barcelona like it was in Malaysia and Bahrain.

During the break I’ve been training and just chilled out with my friends and family in Switzerland and Finland. It was great to see my pal Toni Vilander to win the opening race of FIA GT series for Ferrari. I follow keenly Toni’s season  and it felt so good to see him go so strongly in the wet Silverstone circuit. Well done!

Congratulations to you Toni! Kimi is sounding really mellow and positive ahead of the Spanish GP this weekend, as now that he is leading the championship it is one less burden to bear. It’ll be a weekend to watch closely to see whether Kimi can improve his qualifying pace compared to teammate Felipe Massa. The Brazilian won here last year from pole and we may remember that edge of the seat first corner drama between him and Alonso in the McLaren. But will BMW have enough to keep Ferrari in their view? And can McLaren and Lewis Hamilton fight back? We shall see in just a few days!

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