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Kimi German review

26th July 2008
Gripless weekend I've got again the same feeling I've had so many times after the Grand Prix weekend in Germany. The best thing in it is, that it's behind. Obviously it was the most difficult weekend we have had so far. We had a tough Friday, even tougher Saturday and then, the toughest Sunday in the race. While testing in Hockenheim the car was working reasonable well. I had a feeling it should be ok. But the race weekend made it feel like we are somewhere else. It was impossible to find a good set-up. We tried and tried, but nothing worked. You really need a good grip to get a good lap in Hockenheim. We missed the grip from the rear tyres and the car went all over the place. It's true we have had problems to get the car going like I want it to go also in some earlier races. But it has not been as difficult as it was in Hockenheim. When you miss the grip from the rear, you simply cannot go as fast as needed to fight for the top places. There where short periods it felt a little bit better, but it didn't feel as good as it usually does. We have had some hard times in qualifying in earlier races, too, but usually the race speed has been there. This time it didn't happen. On Sunday the weather was warmer, but it didn't change anything. The car felt even more difficult in the beginning of the race. I've been able to get the rhytm and keep the lap times consistent, but this time we where slow. We changed the strategy a little bit and in the first pit stop we took the option tyre instead of the harder one. Obviously it helped some and we managed to gain places. But then came the safety car and it didn't do any favor for us. We had a long stop and lost some time and lost many places, while the front wheel nut was stuck. In the final stint we managed to overtake some people and it was good to get at least some valuable points from this difficult weekend. Now it's a different ball game for the championship, too. We are seven points behind from the leader, as it was after the Canadien Grand Prix six weeks ago. We have to check and analyze everything we did before Hockenheim and find the reason why we where so slow. Obviously something had gone wrong. Sometimes it's like this while you try to improve the car. I feel confident that we get the car right again. I pack my bags and test for two days in Jerez. We just have to take it easy and not worry too much. Our season looks different now, but nothing has been lost. We just have to be patient. The motivation and the desire to win has not changed a single bit. Last year we had six successive races without a win. Now it's six winless races again. Hopefully seven is my lucky number also this time.