The promise is debt... This is the interview with FA before the race on LaSexta (I translated it myself, so sorry for bad grammar!).What do you prefer the most, that this season ends, go into vacations or that the next season starts?
FA: I really want that the next seasons begins (he says this with clear determination). More o less, mentally the season finished a few races ago, since that moment you disconnect and only think in the next year. About vacations, I have no plans to go any place so it is the next year what I want.In a difficult year like 2011, how have you kept your motivation levels so high?
FA: Well, we don't like to lose. Although you know you have no options and that you have nothing to lose, when the lights go off, you go for it. Sometimes you finish third, fourth or second but nobody likes going to the podium and see another driver with the winning trophy.10 podiums, it is due to a magic trick, a miracle...?
(I can't stop to laugh with this 'smart' question!
FA: Well, it has been fruit of teamwork and from me too... We have improved things from the last year like the starts, qualifying, race pace or race strategies...We made mistakes which us cost some points and podiums last year, and this year I and the team we have tried to extract the best result in each race... If there is something positive about this year is that the team is much more prepared than last year to fight for the championship. I believe if we have a competitive car, now we can be very strong.But the car hasn't never been there to get 10 podiums, right?
FA: The car has been capable to get podium on merit in two or three races where the car was going really well. In Monaco, the car was going well; in Silverstone, we surely had the best car and there we got the win, and it is true that 5 or 6 podiums that we have got is mostly due to mistakes by others: some strategy problem, some drive through that (the stewards) gave Hamilton... We have got podiums thanks some gifts from our rivals.A few weeks ago, Jenson Button has said that this season is the best of his career, even better than 2009, the year that he won the WDC. You have said the same thing, however people critize you because they believe all that is just excuses.
FA: -He smiles- It's something that I have to accept but I like it too. I like because if my teammate outqualifies me, people start to speak about it during a week, but if I outqualify him 17 times in a row, people say it is not a surprise because my teammates are very bad. When Fisichella was my teammate "He was finishing his career" when Trulli was my teammate "He was very old", Grosjean and Piquet "very youngs and with lack of experience" and now it seems Felipe "has forgotten how to drive". Always the same. It is good that people demand you this constant level of driving during all seasons, tests, qualifyings and races and it is something I have learned to live with. There is no doubt Sebastian Vettel is a deserved winner, he has dominated this season but there are some stats that I don't know if "it might remove something": 32 pole positions in 36 races...
FA: Well, the opinion is probably yes, because if one car doesn't win, then the other car wins the race. There is always a Red Bull that wins, especially the last year when Vettel and Webber were really close so it gave that impression. This year too, with a big superiority and winning the WDC with five races to go that it gives the impression that any driver that was driving the Red Bull could have been world champion and therefore it gives Vettel slightly less merit, but I don't believe that is the case: He has had an incredible season without mistakes with many poles and wins. The result is there, he has got 10 or 11 wins while Webber hasn't won any race, therefore Vettel has done something better than the rest.I know you believe in Ferrari and that you have contract with them until 2016 and that you believe they can give you a winning car, but now I want you look at the camera and explain to your fans... what we expect in the inmmediante future, beginning for the upcoming year?
FA: Well, we hope major joys in the future. Ferrari is only the team that can offer this possibility. Here in F1 all is decided by details: aerodinamics, engineers and designers, but I believe in Ferrari we have sufficient capacity to get many wins and hopefully another championship, therefore patience and enjoy F1!