I had it in my mind going into quali that I was probably going to be starting on the second row of the grid, considering Ollie was here, and Alfie was looking quick, not to mention my team mate as well. I was also starting on primes, which would obviously hinder my progress.
I did a banker lap, which got me provisional pole, whilst Ollie retired from the session. Alfie quickly beat my time on the options by eight tenths of a second. With about six minutes remaining, I did another lap, closing the gap to Alfie by half a second, before attempting another, but then going slower -_-
With two minutes remaining, I put on another fresh set of primes and psyched myself up for one last lap. It really had to be the best lap I’d ever done. Going through sector one, I was purple, 0.166 seconds up. Then through sector two, I was purple again, 0.467 seconds up. All I had to do now was negotiate the Parabolica in an average fashion to take pole…Unfortunately, the pressure got the better of me and I braked way too early for the corner, but still managed to take pole by just over a tenth.
I was completely surprised by this, but it suited my strategy nicely. I needed clean air.
The race start probably couldn’t have gone better, Alfie bogged down, and I drove away from the pack. Although into the first corner, I did get a bump from Alfie, and almost lost the rear end. Then going up to the second chicane, I had Alfie chasing me, but not enough to challenge for position…at least, that’s what I thought. Alfie decided to throw one up the inside from quite far back, and as I was taking my usual racing line, he caught my back end. He then spun, and I was awarded a penalty. I feel this penalty was quite unjust to be honest, and I wouldn’t mind having it looked at by @Bradley13 :P And I’d be willing to put my case across.
Anyway, this put about 5 seconds between us, and Ollie was also chasing hard, going about 1-2 seconds quicker per lap -_-
Inevitably, by lap 7-8, he was with me, and I just let him through. Although because of this, I was able to get the DRS at the end of the lap and re-take the position. Eventually, on lap 11, I pitted for options, and came out just behind Alfie. I stayed with him for the lap, before taking the position back in the DRS zone.
At some point, Ollie got passed Alfie, and we were battling once again, going into the final laps. It was a really good battle, and I thought I was defending quite well, up until, I think the last lap, when I was defending the inside line going into the second chicane, and Ollie followed me, instead of going down the outside, so inevitably, he hit me and spun me round. This put Tom within 10 seconds of me, and therefore was able to finish ahead, thanks to my unfair penalty.
Ollie let me through, but this only meant that he could get the slipstream up the straight, and then send one up the inside, bumping me wide a bit, before activating the DRS and then taking the provisional win. Before we both got our +10 seconds and gave it to Tom.