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GP Week : Issue 57
I’m not the kind of guy to say something if I’m not sure, but for sure I will do the best I can to win. You’ve been with Ferrari for a long time and the team certainly to us seems a lot different to how it was even two years ago, with Stefano now at the top. It feels more open and friendly. Does it feel different on the inside? The team is still very similar in their way of work and the professional side. For sure with the regulations and many things changing you always have new people who work in a different way to the other ones, so I can see the team similar in the way of work but also quite friendly. But we’re not here to make friends, we’re here to win races and so you need to see the direction. I think we are in the good direction for sure. I cannot say we are perfect. We need to work in many areas where we can improve and that’s something I’m pushing hard all the time to improve. In the past even when we were winning races we were pushing hard to improve as well. The big rumour right now is that Fernando Alonso will be a Ferrari driver next season. How would you feel lining up alongside him in 2010? For me it doesn’t change anything. As I said, first of all when you race for Ferrari you know you’re always going to have a strong teammate. Many people think, and I heard many times, that people think that Kimi is not motivated. No, I’m sure he is motivated because you can see that sometimes if you are behind your team-mate you see the face of the driver. If you are not motivated and you see the face of your team-mate they can see you don’t care. When I am in front of Kimi he cares about it. So don’t tell me he’s not motivated. It’s the same thing for me when I’m behind my team-mate. I want to improve. I care about it. Sometimes what you hear in the media is not reality. Kimi is a great driver and I’m sure if Fernando comes he will be another great driver. It doesn’t change the way I work. Kimi’s going to race in Rally Finland. Do you ever hope to race anywhere else? Maybe the WRC, Le Mans? No. Rally for sure not. Le Mans maybe one day but not now. I’m more like a street racer, you know? Long races are completely different. It doesn’t mean the quick driver wins. It’s the consistent car and the consistent driver who wins. It’s completely different way of thinking. Our race is more like a sprint and I like that. It gives me more pleasure. For the moment I’m looking forward to racing in Formula 1 for many years and I’m looking forward to doing my go-kart races which give me a lot of motivation and fun. In the future, when I stop Formula 1 we’ll look at where I can race and where I can be happy. Looking at the present rules: if you were in a position to change them, what would you change? Testing is something we already discussed. I’m not saying we need to test every week but some tests during the season are important and before the season the winter tests are also important because sometimes your car is not safe and you need to make sure that everything is right. I think testing is something we need to improve a little bit. Less politics! The politics in the last couple of years was so bad. It was not nice. It is something that we need to be better. Less fights, because that doesn’t help the sport. I think it is something that we need to improve. And what about overtaking? Overtaking in Formula 1 is very difficult. You can see even now in GP2 it is not easy. It’s the way the car is built. To change the overtaking you need to change massively the aerodynamic point of view. It’s not that the Federation doesn’t care. For sure they care or they wouldn’t have changed the rules from last year to this year. So I’m sure they care but it’s not easy. Finally, Jean Todt your former team boss, has said he’s going to stand for FIA President. You know him well. Do you think he’d make a good FIA President? I’m sure. Jean Todt is not the kind of guy who would work for anybody. He knows how to work, he is a very clever guy, and I’m sure that if he becomes the President he will be a great President. Officials tend to Felipe after his frightning crash during qualifying for the Hu 3