After so many months, it was a pity that what could be my final races were particularly disappointing.
Qualified in 2nd behind Brooksy, on prime tyres. Then, into Turn 4 on Lap 1, Bradley turned me around, sending me to last. He did have the guts to apologise at the end of the race which was nice, although he probably should’ve waited for me after spinning me. On the next lap, Bradley cut across the grass on Turn 2, and then did exactly the same move and spun Moussa around. Luckily I could just avoid it and was 5th.
Then, I caught RoboCAT. I got alongside in the DRS zone and put in a fair move, but he turned into me, driving into my sidepod. After that, he then lightly bumped me into Vale, forcing me wide.
Then, I caught F199. After a short battle, he crashed out at Turn 1 and I got past. Moussa was right behind me, so I had to keep pushing. Unfortunately I was already 7 seconds behind Brooksy. Coming up to Chapel one lap, Moussa spun out just behind me.
I was catching Brooksy and got the gap down to 4 seconds. Unfortunately, my pace wasn’t as good on options, and I fell behind. I also had to save fuel. Moussa caught me on the last lap, and passed me on the Hangar straight. I tried to re-pass into Vale, but he defended very well, and we went over the line together.
Haven’t done much wet running in F1 2011, so was a little unsure with the setup direction, which meant that 5th was the best I could get in qualifying. During qualifying, RoboCAT brake tested and weaved in front of me which was a little immature.
In the race, Turn 1 was reasonable for once, but I got a slight bump after I think Bradley and RoboCAT made contact. After that, I was just behind Bradley and F199.
I had a good run on F199 into Parabolica, but he turned in on me and hit me a few times, almost forced me into the gravel…
Then, on the next lap, he put two wheels into the sand at Lesmo 2, so I got alongside. He then continually turned into me on the straight. I then hit the oval bridge support, and this destroyed my car.
Usually F199 is a fair racer, but this was an absolute disgrace, and I think he needs to be disqualified from this race and banned from the next.
If others agree, hopefully next week’s race can be moved so I can make it. I COMPLETELY understand if people don’t want to do that, but it would be nice to fight the championship out on track.