What a great race – my first podium baby! Monaco baby yeah!
Quali went reasonably well. Went out on the Primes for a few laps to get up to pace, and knocked in a 1:12.1s, which was not bad.
Then strapped on the options and it all went wrong. Pushed too hard and never got any proper clean laps on the Options. I managed to get down to a 1:11.78s, which was good enough for 5th, but was annoyed, because in practice I had done a few laps in the 1:10s mark, which would’ve been good enough for 2nd/3rd.
Starting from the clean side in 5th, I got alongside 4th in to the first corner, and managed to take advantage of some minor contact between a couple of guys and nip into 2nd place!
Pulled out a few seconds over maddog in the first few laps, but as my tyres wore out, Maddog hauled me back in and on lap 4 had a half attempt at Casino, and we touched minorly. It was a nothing collision and ultimately I retained position.
I was considering trying to get to lap 8 and then going Prime Prime for a long 2 stop strategy, but at the end of lap 6 I pretty much span at the corner before the pit lane, so nipped in for some fresh rubber and opted to go for a 3 stop.
Pace on the 2nd set of options was decent, but Maddog was catching me slowly, and got the gap down to under 3 seconds. He then pitted again and I was on my own with about 8 seconds ahead of Snake before it was then y2j behind me.
Pitted again at the end of lap 14 for a set of Primes, and came out over 4 seconds ahead of maddog. Initially he pulled it down to a couple of seconds, but then I started pumping in some good solid 1:11/12 laps and extended it to around 3-4 seconds mark, before the gap all of a sudden went up a lot (figured that Maddog must’ve had an incident, which he confirmed to be the case).
I lapped Infernikus on lap 22, and then had some fun as he held on to the back of me for the next lap and a bit. I then had a massive off on lap 24, touching the wall on the way out of the Swimming pool chicane, and spinning big time through the chicane before la Rascasse section.
I scrambled into the pits for my last stop and got another set of primes on Lap 25.
Came back out and was still 2nd, and around 6 seconds ahead of, markstrub20 (WTF??)… Gap got down to around 4 seconds, before I managed to extend it again, back to the 6 seconds mark and ultimately came through, penalty free, one major off aside for a relatively clean Monaco GP and 2nd place!
Absolutely dead chuffed!
Very interested to here what @markstrub20 view of events was re the position. From the majorities view point he wasn’t really anywhere in the race, and then in the last stint popped up in 3rd, which is very odd.
Do you know what happened @ms20??
Anyway, in terms of DOTD, I can’t vote for myself, so am going to have to go for @lemon AGAIN. Lapped the whole field, and was atleast 3 seconds a lap quicker than everyone for the whole race…. crazy….
Great fun in the sprint series afterwards – Monaco was hilarious and my last corner battle for 2nd place with @Lemon was genius at Canada – wish I had video for that!!!
See you all at Montreal next week…. from the sprint race, it looks like it’s going to be fiercely competitive!!