Driver of the season
Herbie (Herbert Lemon). No contest really. A mammoth 12 wins out of a possible 17. He won over 70% of the races he competed in.
Pass of the Season
Can’t recall too many, but Herbie did a pretty decent move on a Sauber I think at the chicane in Hungary early on. Good old classic lunge with little room for error.
Race of the Season
Tricky one. I returned from my sabbatical for a chaotic German Grand Prix in the soaking wet, winning a race that my dry form suggested I didn’t deserve to win.
In Hungary the following week, both Lemon and I were taken out at the first corner (well, I was taken out by Herbie but still lol), and worked hard to recover back through the field. Lemon somehow managed to win, whilst I walled it halfway through and lucked into a podium position.
Belgium was mad. Dry start, rain, more rain, dry again. The conditions tested even the best tacticians. Us McLarens appeared to have the 1-2 in the bag, but I made the wrong call on tyres and Herbie made the mistake of listening to me – effectively making the job a lot more difficult.
And Brazil was a fine way to end the season, with a cracking one-stop vs two-stop battle.
But for me the best was the season opener in Melbourne, back when the game didn’t know what ‘dry’ was. A full 100% chance of rain in the race led to uncontrollable chaos at corners one and three, the latter the scene of my first of numerous opening-lap incidents. Amongst several battles for positions up and down the field, I made my way back from second or third last to second behind a dominant Lemon. It was great fun.
I don’t know which people were newcomers this season lol.
Best Race drive of the season
Herbie in Hungary.
Gentleman of the season
Haven’t a clue. Although @ljkobrien I will add I was absolutely fuming after Korea lol.
Most defining Moment of the Championship
As far as the lead of the standings is concerned, probably when I missed five races after Bahrain. Not that I would have beaten Herbie or anything, but the gap would have been considerably smaller and he would have been kept honest right up until probably Texas or something.
Most controversial moment
I don’t know the facts, but poor Kevin was comfortably leading at Monza before Herbie reckons he may have hit him and cost him his lead on the last lap. To make matters worse, he slowed so much that I got him for second at the last corner.
Most exciting start
Australia was crazy. China was a mess. Hungary ripped up the form book (temporarily). USA gets my vote though. No-one knew where to brake for the first turn, and that proved costly for some and beneficial for others. Shame I wasn’t there for Monaco.
Most exciting Qualifying
China’s qualifying was the first time I was really able to pressure Herbie into absolutely nailing it. I’d initially got pole from him and admittedly had started celebrating once the flag had dropped. Sadly, I never bothered to spectate Herbie as he hit apex after apex, and beat me by mere thousandths. He was rewarded with a nice message from me, starting with c and ending in t. And it wasn’t ‘congratulations Herbert’.
Crash of the Season
Any time we ever did Canada in the sprint races. Last corner.
Team partnership of the season
Well McLaren may have won but for me Force India were a decent duo. Me and Herbie probably spent too long competing against each other Hamilton-Button style than working with each other lol.
Best Strategic call of the season
I remember @ms20 often skipping qualifying and starting on primes to avoid making an additional stop in anticipation of the inevitable rain. I regularly remember him jumping up to something crazy like fourth in one corner.
Worst strategic blunder of the season
The McLaren mess at Belgium. A few clever folks quickly realised that the options might just last long enough until the delayed rain finally arrived, but as it started raining with like six laps to go, I suddenly chickened out and went on the primes. One lap later I needed to stop again for inters.
I remember a sprint race at Brazil where I executed ‘the jump’ (turn six) right in front of a bunch of people. Scared a few of you then lol.
I properly laughed as I propelled Mark’s Merc into the air as he entered the pits in Texas. He turned in too late and his car respawned, but seconds later I did likewise and respawned underneath him. I know the CotA is a very up and down circuit, but I don’t think he expected that one.
Radio (headset) message of the season
‘Herbie is faster. Than. You. Can you confirm you understood that message?’
The Pastor Maldonaldo award
He’s normally a shrewd driver when it comes to avoiding penalties, but the sight of Herbie collecting a 70 second penalty in Abu Dhabi was a sight to behold.
Most improved driver From last season
The romain grosjean award
Me. Although I was normally on the wrong end of incidents, not causing them lol.
Quote of the season
Favourite sprint race of the season
Anything associated with Monaco. Monday’s was a particular favourite of mine.
Herbie without a doubt.
Any Personal milestones
I don’t normally miss more than one race in any season ever. So six is a personal record.
How you can improve next season
That common method called practice. Starting before 7:30pm on a Monday would be a good idea.
Overall Personal highlight
What did you like about this season?
Nice, long season.
What could be improved?
I think one or two weeks off every third of the way through would be nice. Just for a refresher. Even if we do a sprint championship on that day instead, turning up for lolz only on some weeks would be great.
Would you be interested in another championship?
Which Mondays are you available for a sprint race championship in April?
My life is so eventful at the minute that I can do any day, any week, any time. It’s that busy. I’ll try and fit it in when I can! lol
Can I make one quick request for next season? Grand Theft Auto V comes out on Sept 17th. I will not be touching any other game for a good two or three weeks once it is released. Any chance we could avoid ending the season after that date? I would hate to miss out. Obviously it’s not priority, but if it doesn’t spoil anyone else’s schedules for the season then it would be great. I’m assuming F1 2013 will be out later that week anyway, so if you want it done before that’s released then Brazil would need to happen before 17/9 regardless.
Also, Alfred mentioned longer races on occasion. I think that’s genious. I’ve done 100% races at Monaco and they are so mentally demanding, but they feel like such an incredible event. Maybe for some of the major races on the calendar (Monaco, Spa, Abu Dhabi [just to see the sun set slowly lol]), perhaps a longer race (or double points even) would be an idea.
Cheers for a great season!