At a full gallop
Obviously we didn't get the result we were for looking for from Spa, but it was great to get back in the real racing rhytm. I've finally got the feeling I want
in the car and the circuit of Spa-Francorchamps is simply the best of them all to have a Formula One race.
I've got a brillian start from the second row and after that it was fantastic to start real racing. I overtook the two guys in front of me without problems and after that we controlled the pace very smoothly.
Obviously, already before coming to Belgium, my only objective was to win that race. I was only interested in finishing first. Nothing else was good enough and would have only meant that the point gap to the leaders would have grown more.
At the end of the day it was as little as two laps and four minutes short for me. We didn't become the kings of the hill, but we had to come full circle. I spun and sled to the wall. Then I had to walk back to the pits like I did in Valencia, too. But this time we fought for the victory until the very bitter end, while in
Valencia we didn't even have any chance to win.
When the rain started, it was very tricky to lead the race. We had some problems with the hard tyre since the very beginning of the final stint. While the rain came, it didn't help and it was slipping and sliding the whole way through after that. I tried to fight and I got back to the lead, but then I hit the wall and got nothing out of it.
Nevertheless there is no reason to complain. I did my very best and it was not enough. It's the same sometimes in a game of icehockey or a race of motorcross.
You got punches and blows, but you just carry on and fight back. There is no reason for me to start worrying what has happened or to stop trying. I will fight until the very end. The points will be counted just after the final race and the one who has then the most points, will win the championship. Nothing is certain before that.
We have five races to go. Obviously my position is not ideal, but that doesn't mean that I will give up.
Now it's the time for the Italian Grand Prix and we will come to Monza with a very good feeling. Monza is the real mecca of the Tifosi and there will be a lot of the Finnish fans, too. It's the place where we go really, really quick. It's great to go there with everything working well in my car.
Last year I had a big shunt just before the qualifying. I hit the wall in a big way. That hurt and that made the whole weekend the toughest of them all for me during the last season.
Before Spa we had a productive test in Monza and the car felt to suit well there. But you never know how competitive you are before the qualifying session.
We try our very best to win for the team and for the fans. It's the real home of the Prancing Horse and it would be almost out of this world to win the Italian Grand Prix for the first time.
At least, I don't have anything to loose. So I just go flat out!