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GP Week : Issue 29
> F1 chat> morning, when it wasn’t raining, all the engineers and the paddock, it took us by surprise when it rained in the afternoon. I was just so disappointed I couldn’t continue. So it was very short, but I think it was a very productive morning. The lap-time didn’t say everything, of course, but I was very happy with the way it worked internally with the engineers, and I got the impression that the team was very happy with the morning and what we did. Obviously I hope this will continue for the future. So, away from the test, what have you been up to since the collapse of Super Aguri? Firstly there was nothing we could do, but I had no intention to retire from Formula 1 immediately. I wanted to try to find a way back to F1, so basically my managers and I were working together to find a way back to F1. Physically I’ve been training every single day, but I’ve also been able to do the things I haven’t been able to do while racing – seeing family, friends and also during the season you can’t have a long summer break, but this year I went back to Japan with my family and spent five weeks there. I haven’t been back to Japan in the summer for the last five years, so for me it was a great time made from a difficult time of not racing. All the time you have to keep positive, you have to keep focussed. I had a great summer break but I was also able to spend time with fans and the media with some kart events in Japan and the UK. They were both really successful days and I was happy with it. But then after the summer break I came back to Europe to prepare for this test. From now on I’m on stand-by for anybody to call me. If it’s a test or a Grand Prix, I’m ready for it. Otherwise I will keep on training, keep my head down, and that’s all I can do. And I see you’re doing some Gillette adverts in Japan … Yes. I was very pleased that all my personal sponsors remained with me and gave me great support even though I wasn’t racing in the second half of the season. It was greatly appreciated. Now the TV advertising [for Gillette] is on the air and hopefully I can do a little more on the racing side for them soon. How hopeful are you of doing just that, and maybe returning to Toro Rosso for some more? It seems that you had a great time and got on with the team really well … I think to answer the question is very difficult and the answer is that I don’t know. Now obviously it will depend on the team’s decision. The driver market is still open and it all depends on who moves where. We felt it was a really good test but now it’s just a matter of how things develop. I don’t think they will hurry with their decision so we will probably have to wait until the end of the season or maybe even the end of the year. 19