He came 5th. Fun race, guys. Full report in a sec..
Controversy after Bradley and Ollie not allowed to race
So, Quali, 13 drivers dry, excellent. I was slowly improving each lap, and was the last across the line, taking 7th on the grid, the inside.
But controversy, after both Ollie and Bradley disconnected. All drivers deliberated other whether to let them race. Many solutions were put forward; a Safety Car start, allow them to start at the back, but it was decreed and many agreed that the Collantine Cup hadn’t done such a thing before and wouldn’t today.
So, with just 11 drivers the race begun and I got a good start, taking 6th, and awake enough to avoid a first lap crash. I stayed ahead of my team mate and drivers spun in front of us, allowing me into second. I had decent fights with both Brooksy and JF between now and lap 20 ish. I pitted on lap 10, not realising that was also my team mates strategy, and so he got held up in the pits. Apologies.
Primes were the wrong tyre for the second stint as rain came out halfway through, and it was time to choose a wet tyre. Most drivers opted for inters, but it quickly became apparent that wets were needed. Sometime here, I got passed by JF and was pushed down to 3rd, and my pedals disconnected, losing me more time than I gained cutting turn 1 and getting a penalty. I’d like to say I was having a good fight with teo but I was terrified that I was going to crash into him the whole time. Thankfully, both were respectful and no crashing occured.
However, I did have a bit of trouble with Electro in the Sauber, possibly costing me third, and sorted in the chat afterwards. Electro was flying, but a lap down, and attempted to pass me. I tried to let him through, aware that he was lapped, and he went through cleanly. The blue flags probably got him as he let me back past. I was forced to brake hard at one stage to avoid a collision – luckily I lost almost no time. The major incident occurred when I locked up, trying to get past teo and a lapped Williams, and was tapped by Electro, spinning me.
Now down, a number of seconds behind Teo, I tried to make it to the end of the race cleanly and came 4th. Good race, and great race for Ferrari, 27 points.