Season 1 – Virgin Racing
Race 2 – Malaysian GP
100%, highest difficulty
Qualified: 19th (started 24th)
Finished: 24th, +5 laps
I’m much faster now, with some more experience, so I’m starting to be able to push the car to the limits, though I’m yet to be consistent. I managed 19th in qualifyng, which was fantastic, though I had to start last because of a penalty.
I was last a few laps into the GP when a fairly unusual bug ended my race: http://twitter.com/EnigmaF1/status/117686091229839360
So I restarted the race. I crashed on lap one and thought I’d restart again :P
Then I got a better start, moving up to 19th, and I managed to keep a few guys behind for many laps. I was overtaken a couple of times but managed to repass and outbreak immediately. I was on primes so I was slower then those around me. Glock managed to pass me on the lap he pitted. I was on prime tyres, full tank of fuel, in a Virgin car and with more rear wing to reduce oversteer, so you can imagine how much time I spent on full lock into turn one on each lap.
The race got a bit quiet, apart from cars lapping me quite often. I did quite a few mistakes, had around 10 spins throughout the race and I probably went on grass/gravel every other lap or so, so I need to improve on consistency a lot, though I’m happy with my progress in terms of speed.
I also realised I can make strategy for less laps then the race is long, as I won’t do them all as a backmarker anyway.
I pitted on lap 32 I think, and the difference in speed between used primes and fresh options was immense. I could get much more aggresive with steering which helped with understeer a lot.
I started catching the guys in front, being on options, and I managed to get from 24th to 21th in three corners – I used traffic to great advantage, as we were being lapped by around 5 cars at the time. It was looking good, just like in Melbourne, but it all went wrong again – I managed to spin thrice (!) within two corners, still not sure how I did that but it cost me massively. I also got a drive-through for colliding with Maldonado, as I lost traction when I was accelerating alongside him.
I finished within a lap of Kovalainen, with 21st fastest lap and 5 laps behind the winner, meaning I was a classified finisher this time! Again, there were no retirements which I find rather strange.
So, I’m happy with my speed, I’m a lot more confident with the car and I can push it more, though I can still improve on that, and I need to improve massively on consistency. It’s very exhausting, I got all sweaty and actually drank a litre and a half of water right after the race, so it’s actually a good workout I reckon.