We all put so much into a racing weekend it's important to step away. Our de-brief after the race on Sunday started the moment I came back to the pit box until we arrived back at the hotel and went to bed.
My Crew Chief Tom and myself were working at 7.00am the next day checking the data to try and work out how we can improve in the next race. We are still testing during practice for the grands prix to get the bike better. So much mental and physical effort goes into the weekend it's nice to go home and be a normal person. I landed at 3.30pm on Monday, after the 12 hour flight from Tokyo, and was in the gym by Monday evening.
On the flight heading out to the race, from London to Tokyo, I watched the Senna film and thought it was fantastic.
I was not fortunate to be around in the Ayrton Senna era and watching the film was something very inspiring: To see someone look at racing and life in such a peaceful way. To see his passion and then hear him say that the peace and weight off his shoulders was the biggest thing when he won the World Championship. To see him walk out of the meeting a year after losing the title to Alain Prost because the emotion was too much.
It is the type of emotion I feel as a racer and that's why I'm so sad when things go wrong after you put everything into it. The film obviously clicked something because I came out of the pit box flying on Friday morning!
There was definitely some connection there on an emotional side, but I have a long way to go before I get there on the talent side. I will aspire to get there.