PUMA News Archive
The big shots were out in force at the Circuit de Catalunya. Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo, Daimler boss Dr Dieter Zetsche and Red Bull founder Dietrich Mateschitz all came to support their teams over the weekend. But only one of them, the man who'd flown in from Maranello in Italy, went home happy.
Whenever I think of Interlagos I think back to 2003, when Giancarlo Fisichella won the Brazilian Grand Prix for Jordan Grand Prix. That race was so typical of the sort of dramas we have come to expect from this race: There was a massive smash in pouring rain, and the race was red-flagged.
It was exactly a year ago in Abu Dhabi that 2005/6 world champion Fernando Alonso lost out on becoming Formula 1’s youngest-ever triple champion. Having become the sport’s youngest champion with his first crown, he relieved Michael Schumacher of the ‘youngest double’ a year later. For a driver as competitive as Fernando, the triple is a logical next step.
Let me confess something: I love being in Abu Dhabi for the grand prix, but have not as yet been able to put my finger on the reason. I mean, it’s great to have a place relatively close to Europe where we can race in warm weather in mid-November, but that alone is not the reason.
Having visited India a few times on sponsor search missions as a team owner, I was really looking forward to returning here for the first Indian Grand Prix. During those visits I grew to love this place, and believe we can learn so much from the attitude of the people – many of them lead unbelievably hard lives, yet their eyes radiate a peace that is simply unique.
This seems to be a week of congratulations: Since I last blogged from Suzuka, Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull Racing have secured a second consecutive world drivers’ championship, and equally significantly – certainly from my own perspective - is that PUMA has announced a new partnership with MERCEDES GP PETRONAS and Michael Schumacher.
It really is wonderful to be back in Japan. I just love the place, and of course feel a strong connection to the country through having managed many drivers who raced here, plus I used Yokohama tyres in my Formula 3 team, and in Formula 1 we were successful with Bridgestone rubber.