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Kimi British review

8th July 2008
Slipping & sliding but leading We didn't win the British Grand Prix, but, for sure, we didn't loose too much, either. Obviously it was again very difficult race for us. We expected it wouldn't rain that much after our first pit stop. But it did and we were out there with totally wrong tyres for those nine ever-lasting laps. I don't know, but propably I haven't driven a F1 car in a more difficult situation. It was really difficult on used wets in that pouring rain. I went very slowly, indeed, but still again and again the car was aquaplaning all over the place. You couldn't do anything else, but wait and hope, that it wouldn't hit anywhere and you could go on again. Once again it was a matter not giving up. Obviously we managed to go ahead and after getting the control of the car again, we started to catch people, too. It was a nice feeling coming back to fight for the points and to improve our position so quickly. It was good battle against Fernando Alonso for the fourth place. Obviously it was an important point to gain, but I couldn't risk too much. Finally I got him and I was happy to finish the race with the result we had. Putting everything in a context it could have been much worse. We had the winning speed in the car, no question about that, but we made a wrong decision before the first pit stop. We discussed about it and according to our information the rain should have been only for a couple of minutes. We chose not to change the tyre and that was it. The rain came almost immediately and I had to slow down in such a dramatic way. Obviously I felt the rain lasted for ever. Actually the whole weekend was difficult. We felt the car was very good in testing, but somehow it felt so different on Friday. We managed to get it better for the qualifying, but once again the wind made it very tricky out there in Q3. I was happy to start third. I had a good start. I was looking for a place to overtake both Kovalainen and Webber, but then Mark moved to the left and I had to back off, because there was nowhere to go. Hamilton had a strong start and I lost one place to him. Then before the first pit stop we had the best speed of the whole weekend and everything seemed to be working well. But the dark clouds came again and that was it. Picking up five points and tieing now the leading position in the championship gave me a good feeling. Having four successive races like we have had and still keeping up there with the leaders is giving a real boost for us. The main thing is we can move on and focus on next race without any kind of a panic. We know our car is a winner. We just need to have a weekend without any major problems. Now we test for the German Grand Prix in Hockenheim. I have never driven a Ferrari there and it will be a new experience. But, like I have said, our car is strong for every circuit. We will strike back again!