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6th June 2008
No need to panic It was not a good weekend for me in Monaco, but now I have put that behind me and will look forward to Montreal. It was an unfortunate setback I had in Monaco, but there is nothing I can do to change it anymore. I was struggling in the wet conditions to find any grip. This is something that needs to be investigated, because normally i like those conditions. It's still a mystery for us all. To finish ninth without getting a single point was, for sure, something that I was not happy with. It was the first pointless weekend of the season. Obviously, we cannot afford to have another one. This is so very tight championship battle again, so you need to score every time. Our preparations for Canada were done in Paul Ricard before Monaco. It was a rainy day, so not too much was learnt. But that's the same for all the teams. Ferrari have a good record in Canada, but it is going to be close between the top teams. Obviously the qualifying is getting more and more crucial. That is why it is so important to get a good set up and to have a clean weekend with the earlier session. It was very close in Monaco, but as we've seen the whole year two tenths can differ the pole from 5th on the grid. Canada is all about heavy breaking and going over the curbs. Our car is now much better for Montreal, too. We expect us to be competitive there. But, like always, it's easier to say after the first day of running. Propably there has not been a Canadien Grand Prix without having a safety car employed. Most likely it will happen again on Sunday. But, if that will be the case, I don't feel you can be conservative in your strategy, when the competition is so close. With the current safety car rules in place there is an element of luck involved, when you fight to win the race. To win in Canada the car needs to be good under braking, because it's very tough on brakes at this circuit. If the safety car is employed, then you just got to hope it happens at the right time. I said at the very beginning of the season, it's going to be like last year and the championship will be decided at the end of the season. We have now one third of the season behind, we have 35 points and are second in the championship. I would rate us to be there among the contenders as we expected to be. Nothing has been won and nothing has been lost, either. After Monaco I don't feel there is any need to panic, because it's very close. In fact I'm much closer this season in points standings compared to last year. I will adopt the same policy to get the maximum amount of points and go for the win if it's possible. The target is to win in Canada. We will do our very best to make it come through.