Barrichello: 'Anything that makes me happy, makes me faster in the car' "The first part of the season has passed by very quickly. I am not totally satisfied with the way it has gone or with the end results as I have failed to finish in three ...
Barrichello: 'Anything that makes me happy, makes me faster in the car'
"The first part of the season has passed by very quickly. I am not totally satisfied with the way it has gone or with the end results as I have failed to finish in three races, which is a bit disappointing. I would have liked to have had more points than at this time last year. However, if you look at my qualifying performances for example, I feel I have made a step forward compared with 2000 and I am happy with my personal performance. To sum it up, I think I am driving better but the results are missing. "The improvement came quite naturally as I got more settled in the team after the first year and also the current car, the F2001 is more to my liking. Over the winter, I worked out what I had to do to improve and I faced this season in a very positive frame of mind to put more pressure on myself to drive better. Generally, I am just more relaxed and that helps. It helps that although there are 550 people working at Ferrari, it is a big family that you can talk with and voice your opinion. Everyone has the same goal, which is to win.
"I still remember the first time I saw the red car with my name on the side and it was an emotional moment as I thought of all the history behind Ferrari. But since then it is just a very good car that I drive. Sometimes I have to pinch myself to remember that I am actually driving the red car.
"As for the rest of the season, I like the circuits which are coming up and I think they will suit us well. I am looking forward to it. The fact we will have a three week gap without a race is also a good thing, as we will have a chance to rest. Driving for Ferrari means you do a lot of testing. It will also be good for the mechanics. My plan for the remaining races is simple; to relax and let my performance deliver the results. We have seen that the races are not just a battle between us and McLaren, because Williams is becoming more competitive. That is good for the fans and the sport and it is also good for us drivers as we have more opportunities to fight on the track. At every track, you expect McLaren and Ferrari to be strong. At the moment, Williams are not always there but we always knew they would come back, as they know how to win. It is going to make life even more exciting over the next few races and I expect them to be particularly strong in Hockenheim and Monza.
"The second half of the season also holds the expectation of a big event in my personal life with our baby due in October. It's a big thing for me and something I have dreamed of for a while. I have to say I am getting a bit impatient. Maybe that's because I'm a racing driver! I am sure it won't affect my driving. You have to be cool about life. What I have learned is that anything that makes me happy in life makes me faster in the car."