Super Moderator and PCars Overseer
- Mar 13, 2016
A simple little thread if you have any reflections, feedback or anything else you want to share after the season
:hilarious:Its official my pit engineer is a dickhead, not once but twice this fool tried to change my strategy (he succeeded the first time:banghead second time with 6 laps to go he wanted me to take mediums instead of S-Softs.:wtf: Yes of course I want to be on average 2 seconds a lap slower for the last 6 laps - bellend.
It was scary but glad i stop it time and dnt take u outMy reflection or looking back as I normally call it, simply unbelievable.
When I had my debut back in Bahrain I had no real expectations and was very unsure how I would do and of course I was only a reserve for the first 2 races (Bahrain and China). Despite not scoring points in either of those races (which was because I was unlucky in both) I realised I had enough pace to be a regular contender for points.
So once I became a full-time driver from Russia onwards my original target I gave myself for the rest of the season, was to try and finish in the top 10 in the championship and challenge for a podium finish, I surprised myself by achieving that in Spain despite starting on the back row and that gave me all the confidence I needed to push on.
And a few races later I won at Austria and I didn't look back, I picked up 3 more wins and ended up challenging for a championship at the death but it wasn't meant to be. But when I look back I'm thrilled with what I achieved it was way beyond my expectations, I know some people would give an arm or a leg (probably) to just to finish on the podium let alone win, so as a result I've never taken the success I've had this season for granted.
The bad moments there were a few, Germany finishing 3rd - that was a race I felt I should have won and tonight at Abu Dhabi is up there for me, but Baku was my real low point of the season, I ended up ruining @chris130256 race and getting him dsq'ed at the start because I lost the rear with wheelspin and turned into him on the exit of turn 2, and then a couple corners later I had my race ended by @Ben hughes, who unfortunately misjudged his speed and grip (with no front wing) and plowed into me causing me to retire and himself.:rage:
At the time it was probably the only occasion where I've been completely outraged while racing in AOR, though while 2 wrongs don't make a right on reflection later on after I calmed down, I realised that it was karma biting me in the ass for causing Chris to get dsq'ed. (Though that race was one I was really looking forward too)
The good moments theres been many, in terms of my high point of the season race wise I can't really separate Austria and Monza for different reasons, Austria scene of my first ever win (after starting 21st and last) it was a great drive but it wasn't the perfect drive (yes surprisingly) also the fact the tyre wear glitch played a part it does take a little bit of the gloss of it.
Monza however I was just on a different level that night, despite only having to do 2 simple passes and the start giving me the biggest concern, this is probably the real high point of the season as I didn't put a foot wrong but more importantly I did the perfect race.:cigar:
With my favourite overtake (I had to do a ton of overtaking this season), while there a few passes that I really enjoyed and believe it or not my own personal favourite of the season, was me being overtaken by @pete day reason why - at Monaco on the final lap I had a bad exit entering the tunnel Pete who was just behind pulled up alongside and we went side by side through the entire tunnel and didn't make any contact, before he expertly broke on the inside for the chicane and passed me completely clean that was outstanding to experience, despite costing me a place.
As for racing against everyone else it has been absolute joy (even you @Philip_66 give a while and I'll eventually forgive you for tonight:grumpy, the racing has been so clean in general and its a testament to everyone I've raced against and battled with, which is everyone at some point.
Lastly as for the future, I'm intending to race in season 13 but if I am honest I'm hoping that I will race in GP2/F2 next season, don't get me wrong I don't have delusions of grandeur, but I feel over the season I've shown enough pace and great results to hopefully merit a chance at the tier above.
As I always want to challenge myself and without doubt when @dFlashAshb somehow got demoted to our tier it certainly made me raise my game, I've been vocal enough to some extent in the last quarter of the season regarding Ash and his 'pace' and without doubt we all know he didn't belong in our tier, but he was and while he was a massive pain in the backside to have to race against, simply because his pace was easily to quick for most of us and he look after his tyres well beyond what most of us could do, but I'm actually pleased I got to race against him.
To be able to race against and beat him on a few occasions on merit was really satisfying and gives me the belief and confidence that I can push on from here for next season, regardless of the tier I'm in.
Lastly a big thank you to @YabbaTheHutt, @pete day & @Defiant195 this season for there hosting and being co-ord's for the season, I wish everyone the best for the future hopefully our paths will all cross again.