Kimi German Preview

14th July 2008
In a good shape These races in Germany have never gone as I have been hoping for. Obviously the both circuits - Hockenheim & Nurburgring - have not been very kind to me in the past. That said I like them both and I have always been very competitive there. I suppose my German highlights are my pole positions. You never gain any points from them, so we better change the course also there. I have been leading many times the race in Germany, but always something has gone wrong. Like last year in Nurburgring we got the pole, but we never finished the race. Now we go to Hockenheim. It will be my first Grand Prix weekend there with Ferrari. I remember last race in that circuit two years ago. It was 1-2 for Ferrari and I was the third in the podium. Last week we had a very productive test and tried various new parts. Judging by the lap times it's going to be very close again, but I feel Ferrari will be very competitive and we are fighting for the win. I'll hope for the hot weather. Usually in Hockenheim it has been very hot and everybody has had problems with the tyres. Obviously, for us, the hot weather suits fine. Our car prefers the hot temperatures and in the long run it's not that hard on tyres, too. So my thumbs are up for the real summer weather in Hockenheim. Overtaking is difficult in Hockenheim, but it's not all about the qualifying there. Certainly it makes life easier when starting from the front and a driver has the clean air. I have always said the championship would be very tight. I've been in a position to win the last 3 Grands Prix, but for various reasons things did not go my way. But that's racing and I'm sure the wins will soon come again. I feel it will be tight for the rest of the season and every point could be the difference to being champion as proved to be the case last year. Now it's even more even, while we three leaders are tied. Obviously, it's very interesting carry on the fight and look who's who in the next race. While testing I had such a good feeling with the car. I believe both the car and the driver are top fit for this weekend. We really need to win this one. Last week after the test I had the privilege to work for the EU Congress and be part of introducing the young drivers' road safety program in Brussels. We racing drivers should give an example for the youth and show how important it is to exercise caution in the traffic, obey the common rules and use always the safety-belts. Speeding is only allowed in the racing circuits. I wish the message will go through. It's just so stupid to risk yourself and the others for nothing.