I was pleased to see a wet quali, and I went out immediately, to do as many laps as I could. I think I ended up doing three laps, and when I came in, I was third I believe, about 1.2 seconds off of pole. I waited about a minute or so, before heading back out (apparently on fresh wets, which I didn’t select -_-). I think I ended up only doing one more lap, but I saw that I was purple in the first sector, and then again in the second. Overall, I’m not very good in qualifying, so it was a massive surprise to get pole by 3 tenths, especially since I wouldn’t say I’m very good at Silverstone.
For some reason, despite getting a decent start, I didn’t have very good pace in the race. Usually it’s the other way around, in that I’m better in the race than quali, but not today. By lap three, I think I was down to third, and then a couple of laps later, Moss shot down the inside of turn six (Where Webber passed Alonso), he went quite deep, and I was trying to still make the corner and give room, but had I given any more room, I would have had to drive off the track. In my opinion, it was a bit of a risky move, but I’m sure Moss would have a different opinion.
Since I was saving fuel, I couldn’t really keep up. I was only a couple of tenths off the pace, which was enough to stay just in touch with the guys in front, and enough to not be troubled by anyone behind. I felt the tyres losing grip, and so I pitted on lap 11. I actually thought that the rule was that everyone needed to pit at least once, but clearly this wasn’t the case -_-
I was fast with the new tyres, but after a lap or two with the new tyres, I was only 6th, and then came trouble. I spun out of turn 4 (I have no idea how), and lost about 10 seconds. It shook my confidence in the car, and it wasn’t until lap 18 that I finally regained my previous form, but it was too little too late. I cut the gap to Bradley significantly, and because of his penalty, I finished 5th.
Little bit of a disappointing race. I think 4th would have been easy for me, had I not pitted, but I guess that’s the price I pay for not knowing the rules.