Bradley Downton

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    Well, darn.

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    #350641

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    Firstly, I echo the sentiments that I hope @aiera-music sticks around with AMR – in whatever guise they will be! But once again the press conference was a fantastic read!

    I can’t quite believe the bids that have gone in for Jules Simon, I hope he repays whichever team ends up signing him…

    Oh, and practice will be up in a few hours :)

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    Great race for us once again, and incredible to extend the win streak to 10 races! Also nice to see Powers closing the championship a little, let’s hope there’s a fight left in this yet – though disappointed Klaas couldn’t get past Ruiz.

    I can’t say I found it to be the most thrilling of races, though the strategy variation was certainly an interesting watch!

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    @alextrosbergfan, @lolzerbob, @alexf11995

    Still waiting on your research and development choices guys, just over 24 hours to go to get them in before the next round :)

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    @bradley13, @redmist, @holmqvist, @alextrosbergfan, @mathers, @robocat, @lolzerbob, @alexf11995, @pezlo2013, @sirspuddington

    2017 Steak ‘n Shake IndyVirtual Series
    Round 14 – Steak ‘n Shake New York V-Prix
    Watkins Glen International, New York City

    Race

    Can you please inform me of any development (2017) or research (2018) you wish to do by 23:59 UK Time on Wednesday 13th September ahead of round 15. All finance information can be found here: https://bjdownton.wixsite.com/indyvirtualfinances

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    @bradley13, @redmist, @holmqvist, @alextrosbergfan, @mathers, @robocat, @lolzerbob, @alexf11995, @pezlo2013, @sirspuddington

    Apologies this is late again!

    2017 Steak ‘n Shake IndyVirtual Series
    Round 14 – Steak ‘n Shake New York V-Prix
    Watkins Glen International, New York City

    Qualifying

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    @robocat, @bradley13, @diceman, @formula-1, @jamiefranklinf1, @mathers, @pezlo2013, @juan-pablo-heidfeld-1, @sirspuddington, @aiera-music, @blockwall2, @theawesomefish, @holmqvist, @redmist, @alexf11995

    2017 Formula Virtual World Championship
    Turkish V-Prix
    Istanbul
    58 laps

    Portugal will be up next weekend (17th September), while Turkey will follow the weekend after (24th September). As such, can you please ensure you have sent strategies to Nic by this coming Tuesday please. This is being done so far in advance to ensure we can catch up, and as such Nic has stated he will use next weekend’s weather – that is weather for 17th September – so please base your strategies from this.

    Turkish Teams Press Conference Line-up
    Ryan Peterson (AMR) @aiera-music
    Bradley Downton (Downton) @bradley13
    Nick Forrest (North Star) @theawesomefish
    Dylan Lopez (Lopez) @pezlo2013
    Robert Mathershaw (DS Mathershaw) @mathers

    #349462

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    Race 15: Malaysia
    Qualifying: 10th – Race: 9th
    Was disappointed that I could only just beat the qualifying programme in practice by one tenth, but thankfully it rained in FP3 and I was able to get a perfect score. The rain continued into qualifying and my pace came alive, and I was able to make Q3 for the first time! Unfortunately that was dry however, and I ended up 1.6 seconds away from Hulkenberg in P9. A few grid penalties put me into P7 at the start, which I held into T1. Spent the entire race using rich mix on straights and lean everywhere else in an attempt to keep people behind but it worked rather well, as I was still P8 come the final lap. Grosjean got me and I threw it back up the inside of T2 rather aggressively, forcing my way back ahead. I felt a bit bad so when he had a run out of the final corner I let him go, and accepted P9.

    Race 16: Japan
    Qualifying: 10th – Race: 3rd
    My pace in Japan was even worse, so I was very lucky to sneak through to Q3 again in another very wet qualifying session. This time Q3 was wet too, but I just didn’t have the pace. More grid penalties put me into P5 for the start, where I selected medium tyres to take me far into the race as rain was due around mid-distance. I got jumped by Palmer at the start but he got in too hot, hit Grosjean and span off, giving me P5 back. The rain came slightly earlier than predicted but those on Supers had already pitted so I was up to P3 when I switched to the Inters. The engine upgrades on the car were definitely making a difference as without DRS due to the rain, Hamilton and Ricciardo could only get alongside, not breeze ahead. They both took turns to overtake me into 130R, but compromised their lines and ran wide, so I’d back off through the corner slightly, cut back on them and breeze back through. They also tried into T1 but I kept covering the inside line and they ran wide on the outside of me. Hamilton eventually retired and I kept Ricciardo at bay for the remaining few laps to claim my second podium, at our engine manufacturers home race!

    I now have the first major engine upgrade going onto the car which should arrive in Abu Dhabi, and am hoping to get another major and my first ultimate upgrade before the end of the season, to arrive early next year and put us right into the midfield!

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    Race 14: Singapore
    Qualifying: 17th – Race: 7th
    Second engine upgrade was also successful and I was hoping there would be a chance to get out of Q2 in Singapore, but alas it wasn’t to be. Jumped up to P15 at the start before scything through a few people who appeared to be stuck behind a rather slow Stroll – and not for the first time this season! (Has anyone else had this? He’s now led trains in about half of my races at least.) I’d once again realised the tyres should be fine so risked a 1-stop, finding myself P6 ahead of Verstappen/ He easily breezed past with about 7 laps to go and Ocon was catching me, right behind for the final two laps. I held him back somehow before realising I was out of fuel around the final two corners, but miraculously he pushed me over the line rather than going around me!

    #349258

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    Race 11: Hungary
    Qualifying: 18th – Race: 6th
    Was beaten by Fernando in qualifying after struggling to get a decent lap together, but a good start gained me a few places. I made the decision before the race to risk a one-stop, starting on the Soft and switching to Supers, though was advised this wouldn’t work. I quickly found the tyres were barely wearing at all and would easily make the one-stop so I carried on and also found myself in a bit of a gap. Hardly battled anyone all race because as soon as people closed up they made their stops, and I got promoted to seventh. Made my stop and retook seventh as everyone else pitted for a second time, which became sixth when Raikkonen retired. Massa closed in towards the end but I held the position as he didn’t really attack, and behind me Fernando scored his first point of the year in P10.

    Race 12: Belgium
    Qualifying: 18th – Race: 4th
    I thought I’d done a really good lap in qualifying but was bumped from P17 by a brilliant late lap from Ericsson to shade us all in the McLaren-Sauber battle. I got a good start but Fernando a better one, and we both slid up the inside of T1 to move into P11 and P12. We were both quickly overtaken by everyone on the Kemmel straight and slipped back, but I once again decided to risk a one-stop, Supers and Ultras. Unlike Hungary however they dropped off much quicker and I pitted on lap 10 for Softs, determined to stick to my one stop plan. The lap after I left the pits Ericsson pulled over and retired, which threw a Safety Car! I was about P16/18, but had no more stops to make.

    Nailed Magnussen and Stroll on the restart (both had completed all their stops) and with everyone else on the Supers I knew they’d have to pit again, which they did on the following laps, putting me into the lead! I held it for two laps before Magnussen slipped past, and then came under pressure from Ocon. Eventually Ocon got me too and I was left to fend off the two Mercedes’ and Ferrari’s.

    Held on for another few laps putting us within three of the end before Hamilton went past on the outside in Les Combes. Bottas tried to follow but went deep, spun back onto the track and got collected by Massa, putting them both out. I was then left to defend P4 from Raikkonen until Ocon pitted on the penultimate lap, putting me back onto the podium! I fought him hard and still held third coming into the final sector as Vettel pulled off and got disqualified, but while Raikkonen got stuck behind me Perez slipstreamed us both and went around the outside at the Bus Stop. It was a drag race to the line but he mugged me for the podium at the final corner to take third behind Hamilton, with Kevin Magnussen winning a crazy race!

    Race 13: Italy
    Qualifying: 17th – Race: 15th
    Put my first engine upgrade (and a gearbox durability) on post-Belgium and it successfully arrived in Monza, but still expected to struggle. Went with the highest top speed setup and was stunned to see I was only 0.086 from getting out of Q1, but still only P17. Gearbox had started playing up so I stuck a new one in and started last. Got up to P12 at the start but Monza was the worst race I’ve seen for how easily we lost positions. I fought Magnussen and Kvyat for a bit until the pit stops happened and then had a great scrap with the Ferrari’s, but it was never to last. I re-joined in P16/18 again with Wehrlein ahead, who I hunted down and overtook to finish a dismal but far from unexpected P15. Was rather close to Kvyat at the end but couldn’t catch him, nonetheless a few great results in recent races for me saw us draw the rivalry overall.

    #348976

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    Race 9: Austria
    Qualifying: 18th – Race: 14th
    Using only a partly worn engine, I couldn’t even beat the track acclimatisation programme in practice, so I threw a totally new power unit at the car for the weekend. Also had some problems with the gearbox in practice so I took a new gearbox too and copped a 5-place grid penalty. Again felt I couldn’t improve in qualifying but ended up just 18th – 0.002 behind Fernando! – and as I’d be last anyway, decided to add an eighth power unit to my pool.

    A half decent start got me up to P14 but I just got mugged by everyone on the straights with the exception of Magnussen, who gave me a decent battle. Got undercut by Wehrlein and had to throw everything at him to get the place back, before switching to Inters late in the race and just toddling along to P14 ahead of Ericsson, Alonso and Wehrlein, with three retirements.

    Race 10: Britain
    Qualifying: 17th – Race: 5th
    Wasn’t confident before my home race as I’ve always struggled at Silverstone, but found I was much better on this game during practice. Qualified P17 with a two tenth gap to Fernando, while the race was set to start in heavy rain and only let up slightly throughout.

    Got a decent getaway on the full wets and jumped up to P9 with a late braking move in Village. Found I had more pace in the full wet conditions than the two Williams drivers and overtook both Massa and Stroll at Village on laps 4 & 6 respectively. Didn’t have the pace to close any of the Mercs, Ferraris, or Red Bulls ahead but pulled away from Stroll, until the Red Bull’s tangled and Verstappen had to pit, putting me up to P6. I felt the track was ready for Inters and saw Ricciardo dive in so I followed him, only to realise the AI were only pitting for fresh wets! It quickly transpired my call was correct however as I set fastest lap and rapidly caught Verstappen by six seconds the next lap, with everyone else now switching to Inters too. This jumped me up to third and I fought valiantly to keep Vettel behind for four laps, but he eventually got me. Bottas went by too at Copse and I was about to settle for sixth with Ricciardo desperate to get past too, when with three laps to go I noticed I was closing back in. Vettel clearly had a problem but as soon as I caught up at Stowe on the penultimate lap, Bottas got through and my podium chance vanished. I flew past an ailing Vettel at Vale and defended hard from Ricciardo, only for him to mug me out of Club and drop me to – a still excellent – P5.

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