- Sep 5, 2018
Awesome racing by you @Mali Baćo , and a great post race read too! More of these please. Just realized you overtook me twice around this tight track, respectOh my god, what a race.
First of all, a big thank you to all that congratulated me on driving, thanks to everyone who made me run for my money and thank you all for keeping it clean.
After some 100 laps of practice over the weekend and putting up an extremely good setup, my PC gave up on me two hours prior to the qualifying and corrupted my F1 2018 save. I was furious for losing all of my setups and control schemes. Thanks to @Beyond for trying to help, but there was no other solution than to redo everything.
So there I was in a free practice session, 1:30h before the qualy, with @BoomSonK who wanted to keep me company. I was trying hard to smash the setup again and I finally made it after some 50 laps. A quick shower, a cup of coffee and it was already 20 minutes before this goes down.
I was able to set a time of around 1:09.8 - 1:10.0, but I ran in traffic twice and made some mistakes on some of my three runs so I posted a time of 1:10.2 and settled for P9, behind @TheVerenzak.
The start was amazing for me. Immediately I passed the Banana of Cas and tried to challenge further but everyone was too far into Turn 1. On the opening lap, I don't know how I did it, but I pulled a move on @earicx and passed him around the outside in the hairpin. A pass on Dwerg on the main straight put me in P6. I was full of confidence and ready to attack, keeping the podium in my sight.
However, on lap 5 I banged the outside wall entering the swimming pool area and made my wing go red. An early pit stop was inevitable so I was multi tasking for the last few corners to turn off the ERS, save fuel and tell the engineer to get the supersofts ready. In all of this panic, I went too fast into the pitlane. Can you imagine a pit lane speeding in Monaco?!
On supersoft tyres I was still confident and ready to apply pressure without ruling out podium finish. I was confused by everyone going slowly at the Lap 11 incident, so I didn't know who was letting me by and who was not. Still, I didn't want to waste any time so an early attack on Pandacruiser was a must. I hope I was not too agressive on him into turn 1.
For the closing 15-ish laps I was battling hard with @E4SY as he was experiencing screen freezes. It was scary to drive behind him, but luckily he would become a ghost once the lags began. I was able to pass him on the inside in Loews hairpin and went to P3. Whilst battling him, I always had an eye on gap behind, to @Frihman and was supposed to end up 5 seconds in front of him after penalties kicked in.
Worn rubber on @earicx's car meant that he was too slow for the pace I had so I wanted badly to get in front of him. I started gaining on the main straight at the beginning of Lap 38 and we went alongside into turn 1. We crossed our paths with tyres and I was scared that we would crash but I knew that it was my last chance. So a rich mix, hotlap ERS and great sportsmanship of the Mercedes driver helped me get to P2.
@Sweatu was out of reach, being half a minute ahead of me. Congratulations for the 4th win!
A quick look at my fuel: MINUS 0.40?! And only one and a half lap to go! Lean mix and a lot of lifting and coasting left me with 0.03 laps of fuel in the last turn. For the last 100 meters my car was limping and dying on me, but these guys were far behind. I knew that earicx was going to regain his position after my penalties, but I didn't expect Frihman to sneak in with only a second and a half worth of gap.
So, basically I am feeling really happy for my run to second place, but I was somewhat disappointed to miss out on podium by that close margin. This race was so tense that I had a stomach pain for the next half an hour, and I couldn't fall asleep for the next three.
Sadly no highlights from me this time. I wanted to have every single FPS I could possibly squeeze from my PC. But I hope I will see myself in yours!
I hope that Canada will be an awesome race as well, and can't wait for it!
Remind me to post the POVs from your overtakes, especially the one on lap 38, that was insane.