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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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|"Qualifying went reasonable, I did an OK lap in Q2, quite surprised though seeing Mikko on pole knowing his strategy. Fortunately I could pass him in the 1st lap, I needed to build a gap asap to make my 2 stop strategy work. Obviously stopping once more than the rest means I have to do some passing on the track which is always risky but I think I did some nice moves. After my 2nd stop I was catching Mikko, there's not much he could do with worn tyres, although he didn't make it easy for me. 8 wins out of 8 races! This has been an incredible season so far for me. "|
|"Q1: P3 with 13.265, solidly inside the top 10|
Q2: P1 with 13.765, a very surprising result considering I knew the strategies of Bono & Jaakko beforehand.
Starting from pole was great, first time in WC but I had some experiences in the lower divisions in 2008 and 2009.
Unfortunately the joy didn't last very long, before the first 3 laps were complete, I was down to 4th. For sure this is one area in my driving which I should improve in case I find myself starting from pole in the future.
After falling to 4th, I pretty much knew that Bono would win the race, since he was able to build a good gap before his first stop.
I pushed as hard as possible, resulting in a few mistakes but I believe I did a good race regardless.
After Bono's 2nd pitstop he was 4 seconds behind me, closing very fast. Like I mentioned before, I didn't believe I could hold him up for the last ~20 laps. A few laps after catching me, he was ahead and after that it was just about cruising to the end.
Congrats to Bono and Lee for his return to the podium."
|"wow !! just wow !! fantastic result !! im over the moon !!|
Q1 - went ok, did not hit best time of a 1.13.024 but a 1.13.4 was good enough for q2 just !
Q2 - had a reasonable lap in a session i expected to struggle in as its not my favorite part of the wekend, but p6 was great !!
Race - unbelievable, at first i expected to go backwards as our car was bad early on on full tanks, but i just took my time and waited till around lap 7 - 8 when i knew my car was better, then i turned up the wick after passing de wit i saw i was matching the leaders pretty much which suprised me...
Went on doing a staedy pace through the race and when i saw Huis and Mikkonen pit i thought they must be on 2 stops, i didnt expect to beat huis tried t race him for a while but realised it was pointless as he was quicker to just tagged onto him, i knewi could maybe beat mikkonen if i did it properly !! and wow i finish 3rd on the podium for the first time in 2 years !! fantastic !!
Big BIG thanks to my team and Ben Phillips who believed in me and made me take this race seat to prove to myself i can do this !! big thanyou Ben and to the rest of the AERO F1 TEAM who helped me in the week, great race with all, well done Huis and Mikko on a great race, fantastic !!"
|"Qualifying was a bit poor. I guess I was just being too cautious when I saw others weren't driving any proper times.|
I lost one position at start for Greco. Mainly because that outside line for T1 is really good and I didn't want to risk it too much there. Couple laps later I passed Puumalainen. I actually thought he had some damage as he was driving so slowly, but eventually he upped his pace again.
During the race I was quite worried about my brake wear. My previous race nearly ended in a disaster after massively higher brake wear than I had predicted. I drove now quite carefully just to be sure brakes will last. On later laps I started pushing again harder as I started to feel confident the brakes will last this time. Too bad it was too late and I couldn't catch Morris to have any kind of fight for that place."
|"I am in a great dynamic. P4 in monaco and P5 here. It is very cool and unexpected because i am not fast here ( i don.t like the Acceleration-Braking track ) |
Qualifyed 10th after a pitty run in Q2 caused by no grip with mediums tyres.
I start P10, P8 at the end of the two first corner. I loose a position to Tali in the end of the 2nd sector.
I am before Tali and De wit a long time, i prefer to keep a distance ( 0.7sec ) to not damage the front tyres. When Tali overtakes De wit, i begin to attack but i have a bad feeling with the brakes and i loose a lot of time in the brake zone.
I overtake De wit and i have a clean air to make great times and create a distance and follow Tali.
I pit in lap 31. I am still before Tali and we catch De wit in Soft Tyres. I follow the guys patiently and Tali wants to overtake De wit and they hit themselves. Tali goes to the wall and De wit stays behind me..
To preserve the points, i prefer to wait when De wit will pit and take his position, the guy behind us are too far.
Finished 5th it's 22points in 2 races. It's very enjoyable.
Next race in Silverstone. I love this track with its new arena. I want to have a great result there !
See you on track ! "
|"Couldnt ask for better WC debut. P16 in qualifying ich was the best i could do since practice was not much on sunday. In the race i knew i could improve, gave all i had and what i didnt have. Strategy was almost perfect, was stucky behind dennis for a couple of laps but besides that everything went to plan. In the end was hard to keep positions fighting with de wit but was able to defend my place and keep the 6th position. Im extremely happy with this result and i hope in the future i can have another chance on WC."|
|"happy again that i managed to get into q2 for the 3rd time this year|
Although my lap was not good i still was in 8th a lot better then my past q performances this year
the start was good and went from 8th to 6th
was trying to defend from other people but we lacked topspeed bigtime again and i was a sitting duck
And again my soft tyres did not last a single stop while others could...
So had to stop 2 times again
Had some great battles with Nilson,Tali,Morris,Saxen,and in the end Melim he defended well nice job
7th place was the max or 6th today for me
see ya in Silverstone "
|"Due to trip I had my race preparations limited to the previous week, but this was not necessarily a bad thing. Feeling a bit fuzzy, I was however not able to reach Q2, but considering that the start went rather well. After some scary moments with a car ahead I lost focus and ran wide in the final corner, after which Atze had to make a kung fu maneuver to avoid my car; unfortunately that cost him plenty of time.|
Things were going a bit too well until Tali returned to the race track after hitting the wall in the final corner. Second-guessing him turned out to be difficult, resulting in a heavy hit and damage that consequently cost me positions to Melim and De Wit. Anyhow, turned out I had bought some faulty RAM to my pc recently, which crashed the thing few seconds after the race finish, so a few points can be considered lucky."
|"Well this surely was an eventful race.. |
Starting from the back is a fun experience, I'd recommend it to anybody (Bono? :P) The car was perfectly prepared to overtake and slize through the field and the first laps was a matter of staying out of trouble. After some good battles I arrived behind Saxen. He missed the chicane and the gravel caused him to nearly spin. I had to avoid on full speed causing me to spinn completely losing all my positions again. Race was a bit less fun at that moment but once back in a rhythm I found myself again in a great pace gaining quickly on the runners in front. For some reason I lost focus and missed the last chicane causing me to plant the car in the wall, damaging pretty much everything and losing a wing. That inlap was very long and I believe I ended up in last position again after my pitstop repairs.
After repairs the car felt good again and it was time to close the 15 sec gap on Disley. Suprised by the fact that my teammate showed up in front of me after pitting I had some motivation to push as hard as I could from there. Good 3 way battle with Hirrle where we (myself mostly) made contact and my front suspension was bend. Last 10 laps I was driving Indycar oval style with a turned wheel in order to go straight fighting for the fastest lap. But nearly missed that.
Exciting race, but next race I'd like to participate in quali again."
|"Was off my own pace in qualifying and in the race, I don't know why, maybe I was very tired might explain it. But I was still slower than my team mates even without this.|
I knew my team mates were faster so I didn't hold them up, Hirrle made a mistake and that's how I was able to pass him. Ended up 10th after alot of DNF's."
|"I had barely any preparation for this race and no teamy to test with, so I just used some improvisation setup. The result was bad as expected, also had some rear damage after 1st lap, but I just wanted to have some fun fighting with other drivers and it was ok. In the end I had no engine and tyres left so I missed out on the points, and surely didn't deserve any today. Considering I still arrived in 11th and looking at a few other results, I don't think the level is currently very high. Time for rF2 I guess :)"|
|"Q Did not look much into Q, so yea P15, still I could'Ve gotten into Q2. So not too good|
R I was on a different strategy, but crashed with Allar in Lap 1, a real shame, and Sorry Allar. My pace would've been good for some points, so I am a bit disappointed, I kept on and was hoping for some DNFs of others, but my engine wear was too high so I had to save massivly throughout the race. Otherwise I could've still scored some points.
|"Q was worse than expected, made a mistake in sector 2 and almost damaged the car there when touching the wall out of the chicane. Sector 3 was not very good either, so P5 on the grid. |
Race: On lap 2 I got hit by de Wit who braked way too late into T1, which damaged the rear of my car. Rear end got a bit snappy on some places, which is far from ideal on this track, especially with this mod. I got more tyre wear than expected because of this contact, so I had to pit earlier than I wanted to.
Problem in the pits with the speed limiter not engaging meant a stop and go penalty, and after that the race was pretty much over. In the end I fought with Hirrle who put up a very harsh fight, but I managed to pass him. In the end I had chances of finishing 8th, but after making a very simple mistake I spun in T1 and stalled my engine. Race over.
This is surely one race to forget, never felt comfortable in the car at all during testing, no matter what setup changes. Now onto a track which should suit me much much better and hopefully I can be back fighting for wins again. "
|"Did not have much time to test again. So was surprised to get into q2.|
First lap on q2 setup I ran in q2 so ninth wasnt a disapointment.
I had a good start and first lap so I moved up couple of positions after that pace seemed good and it seemed that I could fight for position with jaakko on final stint but when I was trying to overtake de wit into the last chicane while 20 laps before finish he moved to block me on braking line so I had to make a sudden change of direction so I hit the wall and my race was over.
Not happy with the way race ended second year in a row in canada.
Cya in silverstone."
|"Q: P13, lack of Q testing and overall didn't have the pace for better place.|
R: Was looking forward to it, unfortunately my race was basically ended in 1st lap when Lukas hit back of my car, made it to the pits luckily. Steering wheel got fixed but suspension damage was still there, so was cruising alone in last place then suddenly brakes went.
Looking forward for Silverstone."
|"Q: My hotlap was way off my personal best. I had some mistakes on my fastest lap so 17th place was resonable.|
R: Race started well for me. I gained 3-4 places and I was chasing the NetRex cars for 13th position. Then Raino Room after his spin made a passing move on me but our cars made a contact and he spun again. In 17th lap I think I made the silliest mistake ever, I spun and I stole my engine. A dissapointing race for me."
|"Nothing much to say,|
Q1: 13,3 , enough to get Q2
Q2: made some mistakes what cost me some places, 7th
R: didnt went very well, first laps had masssive understeer what caused me to spin on 2nd lap, after had moment with Jim and i made spun and stalled engine
not good race at all, pace was very good.
hope next time goes better, see you in silverstone
Gz to Bono
|"I am disappointed as I lost connection, nothing much to say, was good till then tailing Bono very close."|
|"Started on P16 and had a decent start. Got a hit in turn 3 which result in hitting the wall and losing the front wing. Pitstop and rejoined the track in the last position.|
After a few lap i got a disconnection.
Congrats to Bono, Mikko and Lee. "
|"I started my race very well gained 2 positions in first lap with a good overtake on Atze on last turn. At first turn in 2nd lap race ended for a contact with Atze which caused my spun and Blair couldn't avoid me and my suspension. I try to recover to the pit but i couldn't turn to left anymore so i decided to exit. "|
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