We have really dug so deep, that the results we achieved at Fuji felt
quite nice. Finally we finished the race, we started from the front row
and got back to the podium. Obviously, the team was happy to get good
points and climb back to the leading position in the constructor’s
But I have to say, that the second place in qualifying and the third
place in the race are not exactly what we wanted. It was annoying to
know that we had so good chance for the pole and, most of all, for the
win on Sunday.
The team has been working day and night to improve the car. But,
for me, it was that same old story all over again. Setting up the car
the way I like it to be depends too much on the weather and on the
circuit. We know the speed is there in our car. We just have to find
the right set-up to maximise it every time.
And we will!
The start was good. We got the lead, like we planned and when you
turn first to the first corner, you should be leading after that. I
cannot understand what they were thinking there behind me. They came
much too fast to that breaking point and caused a big problem for many
You have to learn how to find the breaking points already when you six
years old while starting with GO Karts. Obviously, you should know how
it goes at this level.
I don’t know about the others, but, at least, my father Matti put
sticks on the right places for me and for my brother to know where to
brake. That’s how you learn that lesson the best and you remember it
always where ever you race.
At Fuji the fight for the victory was over for me already in the
first corner. Both McLarens came too quickly and I could not turn to
the first corner. The worst thing was losing so many places. If I just
could have took the lead, like I should have after that start, probably
we would have won it easily. But now we got stuck behind the others, we
did our best, but we never got back to the positions where you have the
advantage of using the clean air in front of you.
I managed to overtake Trulli and we should have been able to
overtake Kubica in the second pitstop. Unfortunately there was one car
in front of me in my inlap and we lost a fracture of the time also at
the pitstop. That was enough to miss the chance to get back to the
circuit in front of Kubica.
At Fuji you have a couple of places to overtake people. I was trying to
fight and once I got beside Robert and little bit ahead of him, too,
coming to the third corner. It was a good fight, neither of us did
lift, so I had to go wide. After that all we could do was to bring the
car home third.
That was Sayonara to the drivers’ championship. Really I didn’t
think of the title after Spa. I should have won in Belgium, because
that would have been the only way to control the point situation. Now
it was just a matter of time, when it was over.
I have been telling since January, that we do our best to win the
championship again and if that’s not working out, we will try again
next year. That’s what we are going to do now. I know what it takes to
win the championship back.
This week we go to China. Let’s wait and see what we are able to do
there. Last year we won the race. Shanghai is a challenging circuit and
I like it very much. Now we aim at getting 1-2 result for Ferrari and
bringing the best points for the team.
Flying Kimi! I loved his comment about having learned breaking points
during karting, obviously that’s aimed at a certain driver. Kimi was quite scornful there but in whatever he says he stills sounds like a gentleman. It put a
huge smile on my face! Go Kimi!
And Kimi enjoyed his fight with Kubica. People are saying it was more
than just a fight for 2nd place, it was a fight to keep Kimi’s
championship hopes alive. Missing out on two extra points means Kimi’s
totally out of the game now, fullstop. But during a race, the drivers
don’t really know what the points situation is right there and then. I
seriously doubt Kimi was thinking about two extra points when fighting
with Kubica. He had two attempts on Kubica, fairly and decently with
Kimi ending up on the run off area, so what’s the point in going for
another more aggressive approach. Kimi’s not a madman in that sense. We
already know his racing capabilities, his payback was at Spa and he
successfully passed Massa AND Hamilton, fair and square. Spa was the
race that mattered and we’ll never forget his drive there. Superb. And
he couldn’t be more right about the situation after Spa. He wasn’t
going to sit and cry about it and be an idiot in the next few races.
Someone’s already taken that role…
Kimi is sounding quite laidback about losing the title now, in this
column. At Japan, he enjoyed proper racing again with proper racers and
being back on the podium with two great competitors. He brought Ferrari
back in the constructor’s lead. Ferrari have also done some little
developments on the car, particularly on the rear, which is helping
Kimi. Aldo Costa also confirmed that Kimi in particular has a very busy testing schedule; they have planned a total of 10,000km distance
throughout winter testing. That should be more than enough for Kimi to
get things sorted and fight back next year! Cheers to that.
It’s been a difficult year and as Kimi fans it’s been very hard. But I
can’t imagine how frustrating it’s been for the man himself. I remember
during the 2007 Brazil post-race press conference that Kimi said he’ll
try and win it again this year but it’s going to be difficult. He was
certainly right about that. So, let’s enjoy what we can of these final
two races at China and Brazil. Kimi was back in winning positions at
Japan in qualifying and for the race so he’ll try harder at China. But
hopefully that McLaren driver stays well clear of him this time. We’re
with you all the way Kimi! Keep flying ~