In Tuesday's day of testing here at the 2.45 mile Mosport track, car 62 did 140 laps of testing and car 61 did 125. Weather conditions were considerably colder than today and it rained heavily midway through the day. The Ferraris seem to be...
In Tuesday's day of testing here at the 2.45 mile Mosport track, car 62 did 140 laps of testing and car 61 did 125. Weather conditions were considerably colder than today and it rained heavily midway through the day.
The Ferraris seem to be responding differently to the track in today's practice than they did on Tuesday which has given rise to some head scratching amongst the engineers.
The 26-year-old Italian is suffering from gastro-enteritis and has had to make more than a couple of emergency dashes from the car...not just to the bathroom but to the medical center for iv treatment.
Gimmi (pronounced Jimmy) did the first half of today's practice and ended up being hooked up to a litre and a half of saline in the circuit's medical facilities. His blood pressure was so low that the doctors were incredulous that he'd driven the car. He's not suffering from a fever and is hoping to feel much stronger tomorrow.
The quiet Frenchman has had quite a steep learning curve since joining the Risi team for round 5 at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah.
"I feel I'm always learning as, when I arrived at Salt Lake, I didn't know the either the car or the circuit and every track has been new to me since then. It's been good, but difficult. Before now, I ran a lot in prototypes which is probably a bit easier because of the amount of downforce but I love the Ferrari and am enjoying the experience. I never had to spend as much time looking in my mirrors as I do now!
"The more I do, the easier I find it. It's difficult to compare myself to the other drivers because they have had more races in the Ferrari 430 both here and in Europe. The circuits are very different here, especially the track surface. I found it quite difficult to get used to, say, patches of concrete in the middle of the tarmac.
"I loved Road America but it wasn't the best race for me. I got into the car when it started to rain and spent 1 hour 45 minutes behind the pace car. When it went green I did 3 laps then had to come in to refuel and change drivers! Let's hope it will be a more exciting race here at Mosport."
It's not that he doesn't love racing in North America, or living in Italy, but the Brazilian can't wait to get home to Brazil. He has recently become an uncle for the first time and will be returning home for the first time in eight months to see his family and meet his new nephew.
While he really enjoyed racing at Road America two weeks ago -- rating it as one of his favourite tracks - he hasn't yet found the same level of comfort here at Mosport. He doesn't dislike the track, but hasn't found the same level of confidence that he had in Wisconsin or even here at the test on Tuesday.
The former Ferrari F1 driver squeezed in a visit to the Hungarian Grand Prix between ALMS races recently, along with fellow Finn Toni Vilander. They went to Hungary -- a favourite fun spot for many Grand Prix visitors -- and a good time was apparently had by all!
Back in work mode, he was enthusiastic about racing in Canada. "It's my first time to Mosport here this week and first impressions are that it's an incredible track. Very fast. It took a while to learn the track because of the blind corners and the high speed, most of them are 4th or 5th gear corners. The walls are very close so there's no room for error; it's challenging which is why I like it.
"The traffic will be difficult because of the speed of the prototypes. There's obviously the speed difference at all tracks, but here they will have much more down force so they'll be able to better carry their speed through the corners which we can't."