That was unfortunate. I slowed down because of the crash in front. There were no proximity arrow on you, so I had no chance to know where you were. It's like there's a side pod glitch.
You were also lagging a lot today when you were in front of me. Had a few tense moments when suddenly you appeared inches from my car.F*ck sake.
How did i screw that up?
Started 10th (horrible quali lap from me) and in Lap 3 SC came out and i went in pit for Mediums.
Car was really hard to drive on Mediums from some reason...pretty bad stability and traction but i did hold on to 8th pretty comfortably.
Then 2nd SC came out in Lap 16 and i went for Soft tyres (i would stay on Mediums to the end but you know..) and i was in great position.
P10 on Softs while 5-6 cars in front of me were on old Softs or old Mediums. I. Screw. It. Up. Completely.
On L22 i think i went to the inside of the Toro Rosso in front of me in Turn 8 and my car just for a spun...Codemasters thing i guess.
But i should have waited for a long straight and DRS...i was way faster then 3-4 cars in front of me.
Lost 3-4 position and ton of time there. But ok i was so freking pissed there but i knew i could catch up to them and i did but then in L25 i was behind @iJokeri22 with a wide open DRS, Rich mix on and car with 7-6 wings...i was flying.
And then i went tried to make a pass on him with probably 3 cars length...i've bottle it.
I went so damn deep that it was just pure luck that prevented me from making huge crash in a SamBastos Toro Rosso.
That was pure amateur hour from me.
I was on the way of finishing 6th and i ended 11th. F*ck.
Jesus Christ you guys were bunched up, that's like 7 cars within a second and a half, I knew we were in America but I didn't sign up for restrictor plate racing at Daytona lol
that is the longest race report everI think that was the best race of my season, in terms of action.
Q: 3rd - 1:36.535 (SS)
Despite Harry OBVIOUSLY cheating for his 1:35.6 :finger:, I didn't actually think I'd be that far up the grid, even if I matched my PB (Which I did ), so placing 3rd was a nice surprise.
R: 5th - 51:48.162 (SS, M). Fastest Lap - 1:40.571
Got a decent start, and immediately thought about flinging one up the inside of Maz and Harry into T1. Buuut, I thought better of it... Self preservation and all that layful:
Then the SC comes out on L3 and I had to make a choice.
Pit NOW, spend 25 laps on the Medium, manage my tyres and hope all goes well. (1st strategy)
Don't pit now, keep track position, pit later on and hope all goes well. (2nd strategy)
Chose strategy #2, and I think it was the better choice in the grand scheme of things.
So, I moved into 2nd during the SC, and when it came in, I was immediately put under some pretty enormous pressure by @bor44, who found some pace previous to what he was doing before the SC. Luckily, I had the straight-line speed and a good car in the corners to keep him at bay... Until DRS was enabled that is.
Though, even then he seemed to struggle in a straight line, but he made a move to go around me at T12, which I defended. Then had to defend again in Turns 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18 lol... He was just all over the back of me.
Mistakes in the penultimate and final corners just compounded the issue and Bor had the run on me into T1 under DRS.
With that, I made sure to stick myself onto his diffuser as much as possible in preparation for the back straight, where I planned to take back 2nd place...
So, we get to T11, and Bor gets a better exit than me BUT.... I had better straight line speed, and under DRS I caught up and we were level heading into T12. Who was better on the brakes? moment right there, and I hung it around the outside of T12 but the move wasn't done. Had to keep the inside for T13 and keep tight on exit to make the overtake stick... So that was a nice little battle there.
Pitted at the end of L9, reverted a little to strategy #1 a bit, and put on a set of Mediums with a 2.280 stop ( Haas). This was to counteract any 2 stoppers in front or behind.
Came out in 11th-12th, and unfortunately was collided into by @Malaske into T1, giving me laughably minor end-plate damage. Whether or not he saw me there, I don't know, but it happened... Oh well :lol:
Once I got myself righted, I set about chasing down Malaske...
Took me about 3 laps to really latch on to the back of Malaske, as I was far better in the corners than he was, but on the straights... F*CK-ING-HELL!!!:jawdrop:
The guy was driving away from me! Even with DRS and turning my engine up I struggled to keep up!
What wings were you using dude? Because that annoyed the hell outta me lol
I even at one point tried to nudge my nose up the inside of T8... thought better of it. Again, self preservation.
Still... a few laps chasing Malaske and I finally glued my nose to his warning light onto the back straight. Made a pretty simple DRS overtake from there. Moved into 11th.
Spent 2 or 3 laps chasing down Bor in 10th, but the SC came out again on L16. :arghh:
Luckily I'd just managed to get in-front of @Rc SamBastos14, who'd just left the pits on fresh Mediums, just before the SC came out. Moved into 9th.
So, I'm running around under SC, catching up to the queue and out comes @baba99jaga from the pits on Supers... in 6th!
Now this is quite important to my race (more on that later on) because, although Baba is generally slower than I am (not trying to be a d*ck, just pointing out), he's now on a fresh set of Supers against my now less than fresh Mediums... The race restart was gonna be interesting to say the least.
The race restarts at the start of L20... and I somehow managed to get the drop on Baba into the last corner. Yet, because of his Supers, his grip was just so much better and he out-dragged me out of the corner. Kinda deflated me a bit :dead:
Still, with a bunch of cars going into T1, I managed to get close up behind Baba through S1 and set about putting pressure on those Supers of his... knowing the drop off they had. All while keeping an eye on Sam behind me.
Spent the next 4 laps sitting in Baba's wake, as I just couldn't do better than him in terms of traction.
Soooo... I had to come up with a different plan.
On that 4th lap, I put my newly formed plan into action.
Since I was a bit better than him in Sector 1, that's where I decided I'd throw him off his stride completely.
My plan hinged on my being SUPER SMOOTH in The Esses, which I was ().
Then, I had to force him off the optimum line. So, I sort of pulled a slight cut-back around T6, then went around the outside of T7, then the next bit was crucial... stick it up the inside of T8 and hang it out around T9&10.
All was going to plan... Next, either glue myself to Baba's warning light (Ala Malaske) if he got in front before the corner, OR... hang it again around the outside of T11. I had to hang it lol
Got onto the back straight, and knowing I had DRS I just waited for Baba to dictate which side he planned on making me attack... Though there was a weave by him. Naughty boy!
In the end, he decided I should go around him. So I complied and got such a good bit of braking done, that hanging it was made pretty simple. Tight for T13, 15 & 16... Job done
I wonder if @DatWallDoe enjoyed watching it :lol:
Kudos if you're still reading this
So, with all the battling I did with Baba, @oo7_pROF3SSIONAL had gaped us by about 4 seconds.
He was next on my list... hopefully. But with 4 laps left, I thought I'd better settle for 6th. I came looking for that, so was happy with it.
HOWEVER. (This is the part I alluded to earlier.)
Not knowing that he had damage at the time, I just set about putting as fast a lap, per lap, as I could muster in the hopes of something happening.
I was catching him a bit, then suddenly started catching him at just over 1 second per lap. Hope, it seems, springs eternal! lol
Last lap, and I got onto the back of him in S1, but REALLY closed the gap through T12. Now I was this close, if I wanted something to happen, I had to make it happen... FAST!
Enter, balls to the wall mode lol
Stayed on his rear wing all the way through Sector 3, hoping, waiting for something! Some mistake... anything! :nailbiting:
And it happened... He didn't get through the penultimate corner cleanly, giving me the chance to possibly sneak one up the inside for the final corner. Unfortunately, I wasn't close enough BUT... he seemed to drive the corner as though I was, and in doing so, went plenty wide out of it.
We dragged all the way to the line but he just edged me... by 0.081 of a bloody second :jawdrop:!
One less lap behind @baba99jaga, and I'd have had @oo7_pROF3SSIONAL legitimately on-track, instead of gaining through a penalty.
Still... bloody fun race on my end.
Well done to McLaren. Nice to see their cars are actually capable of something lol
@HRacingGreen is the Mother and Father of all cheaters. #ItWasSaidOnTheInternetSoItMustBeTrue
To @bor44 for his 3rd.
And to @khayesthe3 for his 4th! Didn't expect it if I'm honest lol
Now... On to Mexico.