2 hours to practice 1!!! Ice Man is racing in the home of Ferrari first time… He will try as usual his best (that I know), but I do hope to see him winning this one! Kimi now with 68!
Q: Kimi, obviously you are going to be racing in front of a Ferrari home crowd for the first time; what are you feelings about that?
KR: I think it is a bit more hectic this weekend because it is a home Grand Prix for the team but I don’t think the racing side of things changes at all because we always try to do the best that we can and that’s why we come here.
Q: Now you have set the fastest time in qualifying for the last time two years though you didn’t necessarily start from pole and that must make you quite confident for this weekend?
KR: Yes, I like this circuit, but it’s difficult to get the car right as you run on a low down-force and it is quite bumpy and you need to be able to drive over the kerbs… It is difficult to say where we are going to be, but hopefully we are going to be in a grid position to fight for a win.
Q: Felipe believes that you, Ferrrai, are better than they appeared to be in testing last week?
KR: I don’t know, really, because from testing it is always difficult to say – you can only guess what fuel the other teams have, but you only really know yourselves what you are doing. I was not 100 per cent happy with the car, but we found some reasons and hopefully we will have a better set up and we’ll see where we are. I think we should be ok – probably not our strongest race, but it should still be pretty good.
QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR
Q: (Dan Knutson – National Speed Sport News) Kimi, from your perspective, how much influence and benefit has Michael Schumacher been to the team?
KR: It is difficult to say for sure, really, he has a lot of experience with the team and in Formula One, also, but I don’t know actually how much he has done, because I don’t really ask them who is doing what and who is responsible on which days… You have to ask from the team…
Q: (James Allen – ITV) Kimi, I am curious to know – there have been a few times this year, and it happened again in Turkey, you have made a mistake in qualifying at a critical moment and as you said the next day, it has gone on to cost you… What has happened in those situations?
KR: I just got it wrong, that’s all. The tyres are a bit tricky when you really push as we were able to last year when they were good for more than one lap. I think they are more difficult now and if you push too much you can lose it. We are still looking to find the ideal set-up for qualifying, but for the race we usually have a very good car. Unfortunately, qualifying is very important this year, so if you don’t get it right it is very difficult to improve your position in the race. I think we have been looking into it and tried to change it a bit the way we do the qualifying and hopefully we can improve.
Q: (Ian Parkes – The Press Association) Kimi, what are your feelings regarding the fresh evidence that has surfaced from the FIA with regard to the ‘spy case’ that is going to be heard next week?
KR: I don’t know anything about that story. The feeling in the team is good and of course we would rather be in first place in both world championships, but there is a good atmosphere and it is a great team to work with. I don’t think it affects our racing side at all but of course it is not nice to be asked all the time about it and it in the news all the time, but that is part of racing. In the team, we have a good atmosphere and feeling.