"Luck returned to me after a few very disappointing weekends. Last time I scored points was in Hungary, finishing a lap down after being hit on the first lap. That was followed by a disco at Spa and a DNS at Valencia due to illness.
No surprise I felt a litlte more nervous at the grid than I normally do. Didn't exactly help that I screwed up my first two Q2 laps and only got a decent one at the last 3rd attempt. After wasting too much fuel and not making it back to get new tyres I had to put the engine in mega save mode to get around to my scheduled pit lap. Forgot to boost it back up for the start unfortunately and was passed with ease by Tramoslijka during the dragrace down to T1.
I never really got comfortable during this first stint. I was very light but couldn't get any sort of pace, my driving was shit that's the harsh but truthful explanation. Got P3 back as a gift from Nebojsa after he out braked himself into T1 a few laps into the race, upped my level slightly after that, but didn't really get any confidence in the car until my pitstop.
After my stop I rejoined and immidiately had two cars breathing down my neck. Got slightly deep into T1 and had poor speed down to the della Roggia chicane where I was duly sandwiched and overtaken to the left and right. Had to put the hammer down and take some chances and managed to up my pace, regain P3 and cruise along with Mikko a few seconds ahead of me.
The second pitstop didn't change anything in the running order, but I got out a little closer to my teammate and my car felt much superior once the fuel started to burn off. Noticed for a few laps that Mikko had huge problems to get around Parabolica and on top of that his braking performance into T1 wasn't good either. I decided to have one go at him and hooked up the slipstream on a sub par exit from the Parabolica and dived down the inside. The move stuck and I could build a 3 second gap which lasted more or less to the finish. About Dodo there was nothing we could do. When he's hot and stays out of trouble there's no one faster in ace. Twister 1-2-3 and we scored more points than our closest rivals in WDC and WCC. Podiums look best in blue. "
"Only 25 laps practice before race day, thanks to Nebojsa setup my Q1 was good. In race I struggled a lot with a way too heavy car and understeer, was on a 2 stopper and too slow. Good to have some points in the end!"