The best of times.
It is a fact that most of all a racing driver wants to race. That is our passion. And that is why I feel so thrilled going to these back-to-back races in Monza and in Spa-Francorchamps.
I had same kind of a good feeling beforehand while we previously had back-to-back races in July. Then it meant just good. We won them both, first in Magny-Cours and then a week later in Silverstone.
Obviously I hope that this good feeling would indicate such a good results again for these two great races.
We tested in Monza last week. I did two days. It was a good test. We tried a few new things. Obviously looking at the testing times it is going to be very, very close. But nobody knows the fuel levels of the other teams during testing so we won't find it out until the qualifying on Saturday.
Now I will have my first race in Autodromo Nazionale di Monza as a Ferrari driver. As far as I remember Ferrari has always been very strong in this home race.
I have always enjoyed the atmosphere and the circuit at Monza but now it will be very special to see the fans cheering for Ferrari. I am really looking forward to see the fans waving the red flags for us. We had a lot of tifosi there already in the test. It is such a good feeling to be supported so strongly.
We were very competitive in Monza also with my previous team. But we never won that race. Hopefully this time with Ferrari we will get exactly right starting from the Friday practice to the very finish of the race on Sunday.
For sure, to win on the home circuit for Ferrari would rank up as one of the main highlight of the year.
The circuit of Monza gives always a great challenge. It is so different compared to the places with the modern new layout. To go fast there you need a good aerodynamic car that is stable over the curbs with a strong engine, as we are using full throttle for most of the lap.
I am now forth in the championship. Obviously I am aiming at getting more points than the guys in front of me. The smaller gap to Hamilton and Alonso, the better for me and Felipe.
Every race from here on is very important. We cannot afford to have any more slip ups. The whole team is pushing 110 % and we need to beat out rivals and take every time more points than they do.
After the test session in Monza I spent some time at home in Switzerland. I did some bicycling and workout in my gym.
I also watched the world championship games of athletics in Osaka. I really enjoyed seeing my compatriot Tero Pitkamaki to win the gold medal in the javelin throw. He seemed to have some problems in the qualifying, but then managed to raise his game in the final and to win in a big way. Hopefully we are able to do the same in our final rounds of the season.