F1 Multiple Champion
- Jul 4, 2016
Great battles mate. Enjoyed themQ: P13
Pre-Race Interview: China... don't like it. Bwoah... that's it.
Qualy: Qualy went alright. Not too much to saw about it. Went with the Softs, so I wasn't expecting too much pace compared to those on the US. It was more-or-less some extra practice laps. P13 it is. This should keep me out of trouble... should.
Strategy: Going with the 1-stopper here. Softs > Mediums. Long run compared to the US runners.
LIGHTS OUT! (7:10) - Good start, keeping up with the others when suddenly I see @ramma and @MrRobinhx fly off into the left wall and @ramma ricochet onto the track! @chris130256 slows to avoid contact and I give him a love tap in the right-rear tyre, swinging to the right. I file back behind the line and behind my teammate @iej76. Up into P11 now.
Lap 1 (7:30) - It looked like it was 4-wide exiting Turn 2 at one point. I'll just sit back and watch this cluster unfold.
Lap 1 (7:42) - To the right I see @Limaro Fipama and @Wesley3071 sliding sideways thru the gravel. This has been a chaotic mess so far! P9.
Lap 2 (9:30) - @SEAN-GBR with US tyres makes a dive to the inside for the overtake.
Lap 2 (10:10) - Race over... sort of. Exiting Turn 12 before the long straight, @SEAN-GBR runs wide so I move to the inside for the overtake. My front-left tyre is just at Sean's right-rear. It looks like there is just enough space between our tyres when I see his car start to slide (Damnit... this is gonna suck). Front wing damage to us both and we slide all the way to Baku in the grass. By the time I get back on track I'm down to P12. I decide to carry on with the damaged wing and salvage the strategy.
*Later apologized to Sean for the incident. It really did look like I had enough room. Tight, but enough.*
Lap 6 (17:15) - Clean overtake down the main straight by @Salvo Failla
Lap 11 (24:20) - I run wide into Turn 1 and @MrRobinhx takes advantage of the mistake. Down to P9 and with no pitstop yet.
Lap 12 (27:30) - BOX BOX BOX! Mediums a new front wing. Pit stop feels like an eternity.
Lap 16 (33:10) - /Facepalm
FINAL LAP (52:40) - I can see I'm quickly closing the gap to @iej76 and @JimiRäikkönen .
FINAL LAP CONTINUED (53:45) - Entering the long straight @iej76 and @JimiRäikkönen are wheel to wheel, with quite a distance back. Jimi runs a bit wide and dump any extra drop of fuel I can into the cylinders and drain the battery. Snagging whatever slipstream I can I manage to make ground alongside Jimi. I go to the outside and Jimi on the inside, @iej76 just barely ahead. Jimi runs wide and slides into my sidepod. Luckily no damage to my car but get pushed a bit wide. Heading towards the final turn Jimi and are now side-by-side, definitely not a good turn to do this. I try to defend by squeezing Jimi and grab as much apex as possible thru the turn. Jimi goes to the inside as we approaching the flag! Rich mix is useless when I see in red letters "Low Fuel Mode." Nooo! Barely any battery charge left I start to loose ground. Luckily I managed to snag the DRS and open it wide. Across the line for P10!
*Dear lawd that was close!*
Post-Race Interview: A few more points could have been possible if it weren't for my shunt with @SEAN-GBR. Definitely going to re-evaluate my overtaking decisions come Baku. However, I'm thankful for that last lap battle with @iej76 and @JimiRäikkönen. Damn good driving there!
Congrats to @Wesley3071 on the win!
Congrats to @Carbon and @chris130256 on rounding out the podium!
See you all in November in Baku!