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Date: 2018-10-07 18:36:41
League: World Championship
Track: Round 12: Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace
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|"A win finally came after weeks of hard work in many things, driving style, setup mainly which had finally come as a reward in Brazil, but being taken out ruined it all.|
I suffered a bit on the qualify as I had a race only setup, 3rd place was about what I needed to fight for the win. Warmup came and the car behaved as I expected, made me smile even because I really struggled on the qualify. The race was pretty eventful, very close fight the 1st 20 laps or so between Atze, me and Bono until the incident happened, which pretty much put Atze out of the win, sadly. I pitted after Bono because I wanted to benefit from the newer tyres without being passed by anyone on the pits, I managed to pass him later and run away even after setting a couple of perfect laps. Until the end I tried to manage fuel and tyres, Bono started to use much more boost the whole final 5 laps, but I managed to win :)
Congratulations to Bono for this title once again, completely deserved, i'm happy to have ended the season with a win though!"
|"Quite nice way to end the season, a win would have been better but Bruno was too fast. Qualifying was great, did a PB and Atze was unbeatable. P2 was the best we could hope for. I wasn't really planning to pass Atze in turn 1 but he braked extremely early so I got P1 already in the first corner. Obviously with this slipstream it's impossible to get away so I decided to let Atze pass and save boost behind him. I stayed behind him until I made a small mistake under braking for turn 11 and ran wide, allowing Bruno to pass me. Bruno then passed Atze so I had to react immediately, but Atze slowed down more than 100m before the braking zone and clearly I couldn't react to that and hit him, which meant he hit Bruno. Bruno and I were very lucky to get away without any serious damage. After that Bruno was untouchable, I really couldn't keep up with him. In the final few laps I saw I had some boost left so I decided to put up a final charge, unfortunately it was not good enough. Congratulations to Bruno, really well deserved win. See you next season."|
|"Uneventful race. The setup was not for qualifying, so P5 was very good.|
Passed Puumalainen in the first lap again, and then inherited P3 after Atze's crash. Pretty boring race but good result."
|"Qual: 37.678, PB by 0.4 seconds. Fantastic!|
Lost a position to Dennis in T1, I knew the guys in front of me had much better pace so I just focused on keeping Tali behind me.
Tali followed me for almost the whole first stint, I was sure he was saving a lot of engine behind me and would then easily pass me and pull away at some stage of the race.
After the pitstop however I could pull away from him and there was no longer any danger. 4th place in the end after Atze's problems.
Thanks to Bruno Marques for the setup work, great way to end the season for our team. Now it's time to hibernate..."
|"I lost my internet and computer almost at the same time on Friday so I wasnt expecting to race but I got my computer fixed on sunday afternoon and 15min before race I borrowed internet from a relative. So I was able to race but without any practise for over 2 days.|
Car was realy a handful and I was locking into corners and drifting out of them still I was expecting more pace from my self on second stint wich in friday promised to let me compete for higher places but in actual race the grip wasnt there so I suffered til the end.
Considering the circumstances I guess I am happy I got to race at all and didnt hit anyone with my lag.
Thanks to team for amazing season and thanks all the drivers and FSR for exciting year.
If I stay at FSR I am looking forward to fight for the title next year."
|"Q: was able to improve in every single Q lap. Brought me to a nice pole at the end of the season: 1.37.200 After I set that time I just figured that I didn't need to improve that one and checked the replay for cutting to be sure it was an ok lap.|
R: Well this was an interesting race. Lost my p1 in the first corner to Bono, so I started out chasing him. My goal was to pass him soon as possible, because I felt it was important for me to lead and set the pace. Also I wanted to lead because I knew my pace in the second stint would've been much better than the first looking at the earlier WS race. I only had to make it to that first stop and things would've been different. Bono and Bruno stayed close behind me in the slipstream and in lap 19 Bruno passed me on the long straight.
After that I got Bruno's slipstream and was closing in to him very quickly with Bono a couple of centimeters behind me. I knew I couldn't brake as late as Bruno and Huis, so to avoid contact in the braking area with Bruno in the dirty air I had to lift a bit to create a safe distance. Bono couldn't anticipate to that lift and hit me in the rear, causing my rear wing to be damaged. I came on the middle of the kerb with a very unstable car after that hit and my wheels were blocking allover the place because i was floating on that kerb. That blocking caused that I couldn't avoid Bruno his car and I lost my front wing.
After limping back to the pit without a front wing and heavily damaged rear wing I came back on track on p7 which was still a good turn out position considering that the runners in front of me still had to pit. I thought I would've been able to bring the car home on that set of tires, but the damage on my car really made the car instable causing me to make another mistake and pit again. The rest of the race I just had to remain my calm and focus, to bring the damaged car home. In the end I got heavily challenged by Patel and Werdmuller in a super fun fight which brought the smile and joy back in the race.
Anyway, there is no worse feeling in racing than driving into your teammates car and losing out on the first possible win in WC for me. I'm very dissapointed but I will work hard for the last race in Hungary next weekend. Just as Abu Dhabi, I really enjoy that track. And I've got some spots to win in the overall classification in WS.
CONGRATS to Bruno for his well deserved win after what happened to him last race and Bono for second place and winning the overall championship after this dominant season for him and Precision.
Also thanks to the whole FSR board and everybody who helped out during the season. "
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|"This race might as well have served as a metaphor of my whole season. In qualifying I managed my second fastest lap ever on this circuit, which unsurprisingly was only enough for P12. The race start was difficult due to some bizarre lag at times, which made it difficult to defend for positions and later on some wheel banging with Kerkhof cost me further time. Towards the end I had to drive 110% to catch the pack for the final points but miserably failed, and even after spinning I was too slow so it didn't really matter. Time for re-charge and resurrection."|
|"Was off pace quite a bit here. Tried the 2 stop to see if I could be quicker that way, but just wasn't quick enough to make it work. Perhaps 1 stop would have been better, but even so, not sure if I would have been able to make a big improvement on my finishing position."|
|"I tried to practise much as I could, but starting too late it was never going to work. Very poor performance this time. Luckily I got few points so maybe it was worth it."|
|"Unexpected result ! Qualy was pretty strange, with only 38,0 was enough to be P6. Start was good, Tali passed me but at least my car was perfect, not like yesterday lol. Did a solid race, being consistent, and once Tali couldn't use Mikko's slipstream to be competitive, I've catched him and did some laps behind him to save some engine and fuel. He did a mistake, I've passed him and he couldn't follow me, pretty easy to finish in P5. Today we were again "the team" to beat, it was fantastic !|
Congratulations to Bruno for his great win, and the other guys for the good team testing. Now it's time to take some rest for the next season ! "
|"Q P9. Mega Q lap but I messed up S3, or could have got P6.|
Started ok and got up to P8 but Jaakko passed me and I went down to P9. Stephane R. and Cyril passed me and I was P11 but knew I had a chance at P9. Unfortunately when Cyril passed me he basically stopped the gap from me and Jaakko who was able to pull away. We both pitted on lap 24, but he ran a bit wide on the exit and I knew this was my chance. I was able to pass him and after some battling I held on. Jaakko came out of the pits in front and pulled away. After seeing Atze pit I wanted to remain in front of Cyril knowing he will close me down, and I was able to. It was a very close fight between me, cyril and atze, and with like 2 laps left i ran deep into one of the left right left and cut the turn, I had to let Atze through and Cyril got by too. But I was able to get back passed him and defended him at the end of the race to get the 1 point
Thanks to DHR Simcraft Fanatec, and mainly Thanks Damian for that wonderset."
|"Q was not very good , 0.4 off my pace.|
Race start was ok, managed to keep my position, after some laps saxen and werdmuller passed me , then i lost my front wing and pit stop taked 25seconds so i was out of the race."
|"Thanks to FTS for another WC race for me. See you next season."|
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|"Qualify was ok. It was really close around p8 for times.. few hundreds of a second could mean 5 places. Luckily I got a decent lap which brought me p8.|
Race was very hard for me. I'm still a bit flu-ish, so it was hard to stay concentrated. The start was slow, and I was immediately passed by 2 guys. I fought my way back to p8, after which I had a pretty lonely race. Then Atze had a problem which brought me 7th position."