Raikkonen: "Felipe, we're waiting for you!" Maranello, 29 July 2009 - First of all I want to wish Felipe well again. He had an incredible accident on last Saturday and I think that he was on everybody's mind in the Scuderia Ferrari and the...
Raikkonen: "Felipe, we're waiting for you!"
Maranello, 29 July 2009 - First of all I want to wish Felipe well again. He had an incredible accident on last Saturday and I think that he was on everybody's mind in the Scuderia Ferrari and the drivers on the grid. I know that his condition is improving constantly and I'm glad to hear that. I really hope that he'll be alright soon and get back on the track. It was an absurd accident and the Team had some very difficult moments, because in the beginning we didn't know why Felipe ran off the track at this point. But then a driver has to blind out certain things once he's on the track.
The second place on Sunday was a good result for the Scuderia, especially under these circumstances. We've made some progress, there's not doubt. The high temperatures helped our car and I could press hard on the soft and on the hard compound. We managed to get a place on the podium, but we couldn't really fight for victory. It's strange how it always goes well on certain tracks and some are completely the opposite: in Germany things go always wrong for me, but in Hungary I drove on the podium again, for the fifth time.
With these eight points we gained here we're now on the third place in the Constructors' Championship. That's where we want to stay, because this is the goal we set for ourselves for the second half of the season. Obviously we're trying to gain another place on the podium, but we know that it's difficult, because the competition at the top is really hard. I won't give up also because I would like to win at least one race this year.
Now I can't wait to race at the Finland Rally, although I'm going there to have fun. We had some very good tests with my Fiat Grande Punto Abarth S2000 and we're ready for racing. I've got great experience in Formula 1 but not in rally driving, although I know a bit what it's about. Getting used to a new track in Formula 1 is quite easy, but in a rally the stages always change. After this experience I'll relax with my family and my friends. It's high summer in Finland and it's good to chill out a bit before we start with the preparations for the European GP at Valencia.