Bought the print AMuS today with the full interview and I believe it is one of the best I´ve ever read as he gave a great view what happened at times during the season.
For example he was asked if he had some kind of animosity turn this year (related to the slow corner issue) and first he says no, then he brings up turn 13 at China (which leads to the long straight). He says he got almost desperate with that corner. Later they detected that the chassis was demolished and afterwards he still asked himself "What went wrong at turn 13, was it my fault or the fault of the car?".
He also says that they had huge problems in the first 4 races with the weight distribution (too much front weight), which was even worse for him as he was some 5 kg heavier than Nico at the time. He could not overcome that deficiency with different springs or anti-roll bars. He used the hardest springs and anti-roll bars at the rear to minimize the understeering but that was still not enough hard enough. After Barcelona there was a bigger setup range available.
Istanbul; qualifying: "I was 2,3 tenth behind Nico all the time. No reason to worry as we were on the right side of the setup development. I just got into Q3, asking for the same tyre again and suddenly I´m half a second faster and also faster than Nico. Why? I don´t know. I did nothing different, maybe I got a good set of tyres. There was a difference in tyre quality from set to set. I can´t sayprecisely why I was at a disadvantage in comparison to Nico or why I was in front of him sometimes or why things got better latter during the year again.
There was only one situation (in qualifying) this year where I can definitely say that I was not up to it and that was the Bahrain qualifying, where I felt a bit rusty."
How harmful was the 3 year break for you
"You can´t put that away. I´ve tested for Ferrari 2 times during the break. The point is: When I sat in the car for the first time again this year, everybody said: He´s as good as he ever was. That´s bullshit and impossible. Maybe for a lap but one simply lacks the constancy after such a break. The refinement is not there anymore. We´re talking about the best drivers in the world here."
Edited by Urawa, 03 December 2010 - 17:28.