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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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|"KOEKOEK. Great way to start the season, very happy with the car today. A bit disappointed in my Q2 lap, I was a bit too careful. It was crucial to pass Morand in the first lap, because we saw that he had more topspeed. Fortunately I had a much better start than him. After that I was surprisingly a lot faster than Morgan, I guess he got some damage. I took it easy after a few laps, and took the car home. Now onto Bahrain."|
|"Very happy with 2nd place after a really tough race. |
Qualified 3rd which was great and the first stint went really well except that i picked up a bit of damage which gave me a bit of understeer that we had to manage the entire race so I couldnt run at the pace I knew i could have done but at the end of the day you can't be unhappy with a podium finish.
Team done a fantastic job with the car and just so happy with how it all went."
|"Q1 - Quite good, we were 6-7 drivers in 20 thousands which was very tight, but got deserved 6th place.|
Q2 - I didn't test Q2 and was very coutious during my lap, so expected 9th.
Race - Started well, around me the others also were very coutious and somewhere at T3 few times saw flying wings over of my head. Suprisingly I passed it only with damaged nose, then first few laps were very understeery. After few retires I moved to 8th place, ahead of me there was a battle between 4-5 drivers, and i was watching carefully behind them. I was choosed to be with hards and 1 stop, I should to stop around 26-27th lap, so suprisingly, everyone around me pitted at 20th lap, which means they will do 2 stops. After my planned stop in 25th lap i think, I get out from the pit front Baldi and behind Nilsson. I've found my pace quickly and catched Nilsson a second of him. There were no changes in positions.. After 45th lap, i was 7th and all drivers ahead of me pitted for 2nd time and putted softs. I managed to 2nd, but i had difficult task to defend from comings drivers behind me with new tires and softs. My tires were end of their life, tried to defend against Ivar, but was impossible to do that, after that Jack came and he overtook me again, but was infarct that momment, i made a half spun, stolled the engine, but could to restart it fast again. After that 2 laps to go was Nilsson's turn to overtake me, i did everything what i could do to save the podium, but he overtook me at last corner from outside, which was sadly. Anyway, very good result and this is my best result in WC, so i am very happy with that.
Thanks to Netrex and to Ernesto, that they giving me a chance to race in the among the fastest drivers in the world. I hope next time to have a better luck and for my teammates. Grats and to Bono."
|"Q1 - Pretty ok got through with a averge good lap (24.0).|
Q2 - As my lap was a completely mess I'm ok with 10th place.
My actual start was ok but as Rasmus did hit Patrick in the first lap I really lost many places as I was stuck behind the struggling cars and some could easily drove passed me on the outside.
The whole first stint I was stucked behind a struggling and pretty much slower De Wit.
This destroyed my tires and I also took a bit damage as I tapped Pat's rear. Sorry for that.
Then I had a very critical moment on the straight with Tali as I weaved out of his slipstream to pass but as he weaved too a bit later this could have been the end to my race.
And from there on I was able to drive a clean and solid race getting the car home in 5th with a very entertaining last lap for me as I fought with the struggling Yannick.
As I was able to get the maximum out of a very difficult and not nice handling car this weekend I'm satisfied with my result.
I hope we can recover some crucial pace and general handling of the car as today some artistic driving was needed to not crash the car into the wall.
I'm really sorry for Morgan as some crucial points are missing already ; without making any mistake.
Cya in Bahrain."
|"Bad qualifying, but pretty much fun race, even though I was all over the place. Some very hard battles sometimes. I mad a bad move on Lapchin, very sorry for that one, and I fully expect a protest and a penalty. |
|"Q1 : PB in 1m24s0. Very Happy with P4.|
Q2 : A little mistake in the last sector made me loose 1 tenth. P7.
Race : I start with soft tires, and get 5th just behind Gergo after two drivers ahead got out of the track at the first turn.
I can overtake Gergo, Jack (I think) and Morgan with my soft tires. I knew that I was on a particular and agressive strategy so I had to attack to make this work out. I couldn't catch Bono in the lead, but I was in a good rythm, till my first pit stop lap 11.
When I go back on track I'm behind Patrick, Philipp and maybe someone else. I had some good fights, and Patrick was hard to overtake as always (good and fair fighting spirit). I lost some seconds here.
At the exit of my second stop I got behind some other drivers again and lost again 1 or 2 seconds again having to fight. But that was the risk of my strategy.
Unfortunately I had some repairs to do in my 3rd pit stop and lost 6 seconds there. Then I had some fight with Fredrik but it ended with a contact and I lost 10 seconds there. Bad luck...
In the end my tires and RR suspension were destroyed and I had to abandon 5th place to Philipp.
6th in the end, that could have ended better but still I'm happy to have had fun like this.
Grats to Bono !"
|"Qual was OK, better than i expected, then on the race the first few laps were amazing for me, i had some very close fights in the first stint, but then i got damage from a car behind, and the car became uncontrollable. That's all, the highlight of the race for me was the overtake on Tali, in the quick chicane. It was fun. "|
|"Q1- mistake left me out from q2 by 0,060s|
R- Bottleneck at t3 caught me out couldnt slow my self down and I drove into the back of De Wit (sorry my bad, had no where else to go) front wing gone and nose damage for the rest of the race. After lap 1 35 seconds behind the leader.
A small fight with Disley during first stint, decided to let him by as he had newer rubber.
First pit stop around lap 28 and I was sure I need to come in for the new tyres once more.
Most of the 2nd stint I was catching De Wit and during the later stages of the race I managed to get in to striking distance and pass him into T3.
12 Laps from the end as I had nothing to lose I decided to stay out and see if I can hold guys with fresher tyres behind me. Baldi got through but rest of them stayed behind.
Considering what happened at start 8th place and points were a surprise.
Our race pace was competitive but the error at the start didnt let us show it.
On to Bahrain.
|"My qualifying pace needs to be improved.|
Race I did a 4 stop strategy. But it didn't work as good as I hoped as I got held up by other drivers. I also made some mistakes, which didn't help either.
De Witt made a move on the last lap that resulted in a collision, it was fortunate that I didn't lose 9th place."
|"I had great pace before the weekend started...|
But in q1 i messes up sector 3 whole the time and just managed to get into q2 by a mere 0.002:)
then i had another chance in Q2 but i had frame drops really weird....
Anyway i was too carefull and nearly crashed in sector 1
In the end a 6th place in Q2 not bad but not what i hoped for!
The racestart was bad as FPS was really bad And got overtaken by several cars
Then we entering turn 3 and i was on the inside being carefull not to destroys someone,s race Then i feld an impact on my car at the rear right tyre had suspension damage and from that point alrdy my car was almost undriveable:(
I was really slow understeer going into snapping oversteer it was horrendous
Later in Replay i saw it was Rasmus Tali who touched me
Well i know it can happen he did not do it on purpose
I won,t protest this
But if we are lenient i hope others are sometimes too
I had a massive fight with Blair Disley which was fantastic i think he was on the soft tyre when he was behind me and i tried everything to keep him at bay with my damaged car and hard tyres seemed to work!!!
Later in the race it was surviving mode for me repairs in the pit and still damage.....
Later i let Naggy pas because he was faster and he is in our team not at that point but it would have been fair
Last 10 laps i decided to switch to the softs car was still damaged but setting still some decent pace
was cathing the guys infront Naggy,Disley who battled for the final points at that point and Naggy spun braking on the grass....
Putting me in 10th on the last lap closely following Disley which i tried and over optomistic manuvre in the 2nd to last corner i am sorry Blair you still were 9th!!!:)
But Saxen was closing in after my spin and my engine was burning and i just managed to snatch this last point and my engine died going over the fininsh line!!!
A real shame cause i had very strong raw pace today....
And again its bad luck to me when things go well don,t know what to do sometimes!!!
Bahrain will be not so good for me but see ya in 2 weeks!!!!
|"Disappointing race, as the car had the pace to finish around 4th-6th with ease. I was not quick enough in Q1 and in the race when the car felt great, I always had a car ahead of me. Towards the end of the race I caught Rasmus and went for the move quickly in order to preserve my tire advantage, but ran wide and lost all chances for a point finish. Well, this seems to be how the season starts have been going for me the last 3-4 years. Hopefully the situation changes quickly. Well done to Bono and the team anyway."|
|"I haven't even known until yesterday, that I am going to start in a WC race this weekend, so I didn't really have any expectations except finishing the race.|
I made a big mistake in my Q1 lap, I was only 0.007 behind Bono after the second sector, got a little excited and run my worst S3 so I couldn't make it into Q2. P14
I was really cautios at the start, could avoid the wrecks in front of me and got up into 11th. I was stuck behind De Wit so I decided to save my tires because I planned to run at least until lap 29 on them. After others pitted in front of me I was able to climb up to P5,
After my first stop I fell back to 12th, where I got stuck for a couple of laps behind Disley and De Wit, but after I could pass them I had a decent pace.
At the end of the race I had a great fight for 9th, but on the last lap I made a mistake into turn one, after which I had to give up the race. I braked on the grass, just like Alonso and Maldondo did already in F1.
For my first WC race it would have been great to score some points, but even after my mistake I am glad that I had a pace good enough to fight for points.
My highlight of the race was on lap 46 when I could pass Baldi into turn 3 after his pit stop, even though he could pass me back a lap later it was fun to race with him.
|"Aupa! to been a hard race but with an important result in our first race in FSR (both for the team and for us). With the data obtained in Melbourne we hope to take a step forward. To been a great pleasure to share track with you, see you in Bahrain. Goo Positive!"|
|"Quali lap was too safe but 4th place was OK.|
Started equally to others around me, but had some slight ghost contact with Jack ahead of me which slowed me down a fraction and Fredrik hit my rear suspension, which got damaged. During the first stint I was able to pass Jack due to his mistake and later on Gergo with an outside pass in turn 3. He kept challenging me for few laps after the overtake but later fell off. After the first pit I came out 4 seconds clear of Jack and that made the 2nd stint easy. After the 2nd pitstop I caught up to Dian quite quickly and passed him under the acceleration. After that took it quite easy until a very surprising brake failure into T6, which turned my car around and into the wall with the rear. Absolutely gutted ."
|"Was not of my best race. The car was fast and i could be into top10. Drivers crash in front of me and destroy my race 2 times on first 10 laps did not help me improve, so i try just for done the race and finish."|
|"I had a good start gained 5 positions in first laps even if my pace wasn't like my training. I had a good fights with Szabo and Rondon but unfortunately i was touched from Rondon during his overtake attempt. I spun and and reversed on track i waited for 2 cars passing me. After that i reversed the car but unfortunately Masciulli crashed into me (my apoligize to him because i was there). With hard damaged car i recovered to pit even if after a long stop waiting Eros's ad then my car repairing i back to the race but very far from last. I suddenly realized that the car wasn't fast anymore due damages so decided only to bring car at finish. "|
|"Q1 was a bit tricky, i got some traffic when i put my fastest lap.|
Q2 was unexpected fast compared of our pace at the moment. A pole is still great to have
Race : I got a correct start, but bono started really well. he overtook me but Jack Keithley hitted me and i got damage at my rear ARB/wing. The car is loosing the rear a lot during the braking and low speed corner, i manage to not make mistakes, which costed me 0.3/0.5s per lap. I let pass Yannick who was in soft strategy and i managed the gap between me and the 4th ( 3rd virtual ) at this moment. After it was a boring race, only the overtakes on kostadinov and lapchin ( which is one of my best move ever ) keep me alive.
After the final pitstop in soft, the car wasn't not so bad with the extra grip but my Rfactor crashed... ( 5 days old installation... )
I'm frustrated because it was a really good result because we are lacking pace/grip in low speed corner.
See you at bahrain !"
|"q1 was just as espected. Not be in top 10 qualify|
R. Went good till lap 15 or something. Had a little wheelbanging in turn 1 i think with Baldi. After that i had some damage and pace was not good. Was trying for a 1 stop and just before the half race mark the rear had a snap and stalled the car. Race over.
Grats to Bono and my team for scoring their first WC points!. Well done Blair!"
|"The preparations didn't went as good as we would have wanted, so I wasn't really sure about the race. I missed q2 by a little bit. The race started well, I seemed to have the pace to get into top 5 but then I spun and crashed."|
|"sadly short first race, after a good start I'm moved up 12th from 17th, at lap4 someone hit my car back, after that my car was really instable out of the corners, few corners later i ended up in the barers sad. "|
|"Got a good start from the back. But I half spun in the end of lap 2 and got hit in my rear which broke my suspension. Weekend to forget."|
|""This was our first race and we were too conservative with strategy. Qualifying was not our strenght, but our goal was to finish and to gain in confidence. The one stop strategy was somewhat frustrating, as you are overtook a lot of times during race. But finally Jasco Spain PSR arrived in 13th and 14th places, which were an acceptable result for the first race. We will try to improve for the future. ""|
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