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    Race 5: Spain
    Qualifying: 14th – Race: 8th
    I can’t remember much of Spain, except I had a fairly steady race and picked up a few points at a track I’m usually shocking at. I do remember it was an odd result, as Senna won from Grosjean, Vergne and Kovalainen…

    Race 6: Monaco
    Qualifying: 1st – Race: 1st
    Primes in Q1 and Options in Q2 easily got me through to the top ten. I decided to go out in the middle of the session for one run in Q3, and nailed pole by less than a tenth. I got a great start, but that was quickly eradicated by my cautiousness in the opening laps. On lap 4, heading into the Nouvelle Chicane, Button tried a move but messed it up. Everyone seemed to fly into everyone behind me and the track blocked, and the Safety Car was called. Amazingly only Kobayashi retired, but both McLarens needed pitstops. With the SC out I saw a great chance, and pitted for Primes and my only stop at the end of lap 4, a very early call with 20 being the race distance. Due to the blockage, I only rejoined in 9th, with Petrov somehow up to 7th! After the SC pitted I picked off Ricciardo and Petrov and set the fastest lap, then inherited the lead as everyone stopped. I maintained the 16 second gap to Raikkonen behind until a spin, then my cautiousness again got the better of me, and he eradicated it with 4 laps to go. A silly move into Mirrabeau cost him his front wing, and I spent the final few laps defending from Perez. Something odd happened on the last lap behind though, as Petrov continued Caterham’s good run of form and ended up 5th with 17 finishers!

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    #302751
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    1. Sebastian Vettel
    2. Lewis Hamilton
    3. Nico Hulkenberg
    4. Max Verstappen
    5. Fernando Alonso
    6. Carlos Sainz Jr
    7. Jenson Button
    8. Felipe Nasr
    9. Sergio Perez
    10. Nico Rosberg
    11. Felipe Massa
    12. Daniel Ricciardo
    13. Romain Grosjean
    14. Valtteri Bottas
    15. Daniil Kvyat
    16. Marcus Ericsson
    17. Kimi Raikkonen
    18. Roberto Merhi
    19. Pastor Maldonado
    20. Will Stevens

    This took me a while. An awful lot of drivers have had “standard” seasons, neither impressive nor unimpressive, just sort of standard for their car. I’ve tried to rank them in order of – punched above weight, matched target, unimpressed (though obviously the Manor’s are sort of un-rankable).

    #302746
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    @mathers – I think it was a mix of over-aggressiveness and luck. I braked far too late into turn 3, but it really worked to my advantage, though I probably should have got a penalty! From then on, people seemed to keep having problems behind me and that helped preserve my shock lead. I’m not expecting a result as good in the next few races, until at least Monaco I reckon.

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    I am genuinely shocked at that. Don’t get me wrong, 16th & 20th is nothing to write home about, but I was fully expecting us to be plumb last, possibly ahead of Ocelot, so that’s a nice surprise. Would be awesome if we could somehow nick a point.

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    #302725
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    The opening round of my 2014 Championship as Jules Bianchi on F1 2015. Starting in a somewhat shock third, there’s a great chance for Bianchi to score his first points, but can he manage it or possibly get better?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBpNEK9zBTM

    #302700
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    Really excited about this, hope the lack of practice and mixing of cars will create a good mix of competition, and hopefully enable me to take some wins!

    Only thing I would say with a random calendar @maddogmolloy, can we start in Australia, then randomise after that? If anyone wants to practice for that it’s only one race, but most people will likely have done it loads anyway, with it being the first race of the Championship. Plus, it just feels more proper for Australia to open a season?

    #302644
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    Not quite what you meant I don’t think, but I always liked the Indianapolis podium. Having the car raise up in front of the podium was an awesome feature.

    #302640
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    So it’s taken a while, but here is free practice and Qualifying from Australia!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-o50oF4hNU

    I’m working on the race video, just sit tight…

    #302384
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    @jamiefranklinf1 – hopefully… Practice was meant to be Friday after all.

    #302359
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    @fixy – Cheers! I’m astounded by how well I’ve been able to do on Legend AI, though the lack of Red Bulls (it’s another aim to drop them to the back, so they keep um ‘crashing out’…) makes things easier! Aw, it’s a shame your 2012 career is ending, this thread won’t be the same! I’m surprised you’re not doing a career as Bianchi or Massa? Who will you be driving as in 2014, Button or Magnussen? Cheers :), if you want a page (for any career) – and are willing to set an account up – let me know and I’ll grant you editing access to the Wiki. I only really use it for my own stuff and the Formula V Championship.

    #302357
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    So, @fixy won’t be the only one contributing to this now. I’ve started a new career as Robert Kubica where my aim is to bring Marussia and Caterham to the front of the grid. I’ve already finished my first season and I’ve completed four races of my second season. I can’t remember all the details of the races but I remember some bits:

    Season 1 Results
    I think I picked up my first podium in Bahrain… or possibly Canada, but my first win was Germany. I had a great surprise second in Hungary with a well timed stop under a Safety Car and picked up further wins in Singapore, Abu Dhabi – from pole – and Brazil, en route to third in the Championship as Lewis Hamilton won the title. The Constructors Championship was as follows:
    1. McLaren (stay in Tier 1)
    2. Ferrari (stay in Tier 1)
    3. Sauber (move up from Tier 2 to Tier 1)
    4. Marussia (move up from Tier 4 to Tier 3)
    5. Lotus (stay in Tier 2)
    6. Toro Rosso (move up from Tier 3 to Tier 2)
    7. Red Bull (move down from Tier 1 to Tier 2)
    8. Mercedes (move down from Tier 2 to Tier 3)
    9. Williams (stay in Tier 3)
    10. Force India (move down from Tier 3 to Tier 4)
    11. Caterham (stay in Tier 4)
    12. HRT (stay in Tier 4)

    Season 2 so far
    I made a well timed pitstop in Australia to propel myself up the field in a race I’d had a bit of a naff run in. Got DRS’d by Kobayashi but took a hard fought second place. Since then, I haven’t left the podium. 2nd again in Malaysia, 3rd in China and a win in Bahrain have put me 31 points into the lead of the Championship already, ahead of Sergio Perez who’s taken three third places and a 15th, including pole in Bahrain. McLaren have had lots of pace and great Qualifying results, yet despite having a win apiece for Button and Hamilton, are only 4th & 5th overall with some pretty poor results. See all season results so far here: http://f1fanatic.shoutwiki.com/wiki/Robert_Kubica_F1_2012_-_Season_2

    #302282
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    @octopotent – I’ll do my best. It’s on Legend because I don’t want to dominate and make it completely unrealistic, though I’m not sure a Marussia would ever have Qualified where I have managed… FP & Quali video coming soon! (as soon as I’ve pieced it all together)

    #302278
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    So, I’m keeping my Perez career, but I’ve also started a new one as another user, playing as Jules Bianchi. FP and Quali coming tomorrow…

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