“We always aim for the win, but there was no chance of that in Budapest, which I was definitely not pleased about. However, we know some tracks suit our car more and others are more suited to our competitors – we must try and win the races where our car is strong and finish second in the others, as was the case in Budapest. It was surprising to see how the relative performance between us and Red Bull
changed in the space of a week!
“Continuity will be the cornerstone to this title fight. I reckon that actually our performance is pretty similar, especially in comparison to McLaren, Mercedes and Renault
and that maybe in Germany, the Red Bull
car was not so competitive, while it was at its maximum in Hungary on a track that was a perfect match for its characteristics.
“We need to use our experience as a team. Ferrari
have won so many championships, and in my career I have been in the fight for the title three times, from 2005 to 2007. Twice I was in the role of the hare, so I can appreciate the different situations that arise, even if it does not mean much.
“When you are in the lead, it is very stressful if you lose points, but when you are trying to catch up you are aware that you cannot afford to make any mistakes, even if it is a nice feeling in a team when you know you are starting to fight back. For us, the most important thing from now to Abu Dhabi is to try and always finish on the podium – it won't be vital to win at all costs, but whoever gets six or seven podiums will be champion.”