Qualifying has never been my strong suit, so I wasn’t expecting much during Quali today. I did a couple of laps on the primes, and set a half decent time, but my second attempt was ruined and came in straight after. I had a look at the times, and what tyres people were on, and it was quite possible that with the option tyres, I could get a decent position.
My first run on the options was nothing special, and on my second run, my DRS didn’t close during braking, which meant that I span out and ruined what would have been a very good lap time, at least a second and a half if not more improvement.
This meant that I started 5th, which wasn’t good. There’s nothing worse than being in the midfield going into the first corner. However, today wasn’t too bad. I got a little tap from behind, but nothing too serious. My pace was good on the options, and I made sure that I was being sensible behind Moss, and not going for any do-or-die moves that would likely ruin one of our, if not both, races. This was my logic, but clearly not Ed’s, who on the 3rd lap (possibly) who going down into turn 3, launched a move down the inside and almost spun me out. This not only lost me time but also backed me into the rest of the pack. I tried to take my normal line into turn 4 on the inside, but was completely crowded by another driver (possibly Ed, not sure) and Robocat, who I think was at the most disadvantage from me being there. I assure you Robo that I didn’t even see you, all I could see was this other car, so I don’t know if you turned in and found me there or what, but I’m really sorry.
After this little ‘incident’, there wasn’t much hope. Especially when Brooksy decided to go for a move of his own, and take me out into turn 13 I think it was. I really don’t understand. You all claim to be fair drivers, and yet some of you can’t seem to overtake cleanly. By all means, go for a gap if you see it, but be sensible about it. When I’m behind someone, I make sure to brake a little earlier and make sure that I don’t run into the back of them, just because I can take a corner quicker than them. I also only ever overtake (especially at tracks that are difficult to overtake on) when I know the other person can see me, like being side by side, or edging out in front. Seriously, I don’t want another season of people hitting into me and constantly spoiling my races, and I’m sure none of you do too, so be considerate, please.
As for penalties, I was lucky enough to gain penalties from accidentally cutting across a corner whilst trying not to hit someone who was going slow, even though I didn’t gain a place. By being hit by Ed and hit by Brooksy too. I don’t know why the game punished me for these, but hey that’s what happens. I think I accumulated 40 seconds from these, which is clearly ridiculous.
My real finishing place is a lowly 5th, with it being demoted to 5th I think thanks to the unfair penalties.