Started a career on Legend difficulty, at Sauber.
First race at Melbourne, Sauber gave me a very optimistic target of 8th in qualifying and 10th in the race. I qualified 17th as the Hulk qualified 15th.
At the start, I jumped up to 12th by Lap 1, with Hulk ahead and Ricciardo behind. I couldn’t keep up with Hulk on Primes and had D-Rizzle on my gearbox for the first six or so laps.
As the leaders pitted, I inherited second as Hamilton, Massa, Button and Perez filed out of the pits behind me. I was starting to struggle with my tyres by that point and ran wide at Turn 8, as Hamilton and Massa passed me. As I rounded Turn 12 just before the hairpin, I happened across both Hamilton and Massa sideways across the track, forcing me to take avoiding action over the grass – but without getting a penalty.
I lost all my pace and pitted on Lap 10/15, rejoining in 13th. Kimi Raikkonen – who’d been involved in an incident earlier on – had served a drive-through and had come out right behind me. I tried to hold him off, but he eventually got the better of me.
I was ages ahead of Bianchi but losing a second a lap to Kimi and held on to finish in 12th, which became 11th as Di Resta had a penalty applied post-race. I missed my race target while my team mate finished 7th.
It’s going to be a long season…