The curse that seems to follow me in Germany struck again. I finished
both races, at the Hockenheim and at the Nürburgring, only a few times.
The points I could have gained would have made a difference in the
championship’s outcome. On Sunday we had the chance for a good result,
but I left empty handed: obviously I’m not lucky racing there.
The F60 had some updates and the set up was pretty much ok, but
we’re still paying a high price in terms of downforce as you could see
in some sectors of the track. The qualifying was really difficult,
because the grip was constantly changing, although the conditions were
the same for everybody out there: in Q1 and Q2 it was really important
to find the right moment to go onto the track, while in Q3, on the dry
track, we decided to put lots of petrol in the car, because we didn’t
have the possibility to be on one of the front rows.
At the beginning
of the race I was right behind Felipe and we both had the possibility
to gain a good position. At a certain point, and we still don’t know
exactly when, debris got stuck in the radiator and perforated it. On
lap 14 I was asked by the pitwall to lower the revs and then, after the
pit stop, I started losing performance right until the moment I had to
stop. On lap 29 I collided with Sutil: he came out of the box while I
was on my line; he tried to defend his position on the inside. The cars
collided and he lost a bit of his front wing, while the side of mine
was slightly damaged.
With these wide wings it’s quite easy to collide and break them. I
went with Adrian to meet the stewards and we thought that it was a
normal race accident, as indeed did the stewards.
The next race is in Hungary. Traditionally this is some sort of a
home race for us Finns, because there are so many fellow countrymen on
the grandstands. I’ll show up with a new rear wing, which worked really
well on Felipe’s car and there’s the possibility that we’ll have
further modifications. The F60 should run pretty well at the
Hungaroring with its many slow corners; furthermore the temperatures
should be slightly higher than at the weekend in Germany: it would be
great to gain another podium.