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    Race 15: Japan
    Qualifying: 10th – Race: 8th

    I was first in practice, but only 6th, 9th and 10th in each section of qualifying respectively, while Vettel beat Alonso and the two Mercedes to pole. I rose to 2nd on the first lap by overtaking Rosberg before going under the bridge, but Vettel had enough margin at Spoon Kurve to avoid my attack and run away. I noticed halfway-through my stint that my tyres should already have been replaced, so rather than trying to extend my second stint by a lap I was forced to take the difficult decision of converting to a 3-stop strategy. I stopped on lap 4 and put on another set of mediums. I was 13th and overtook two cars to become 11th before the others served their mandatory stop too. I was 3rd for a lap behind Alonso, who had overtaken me off track, and ahead of Hamilton. I stopped again on lap 8 and put on hard tyres, coming out 11th behind Ricciardo. I passed him on that lap, two laps later I caught and overtook Sutil and on the final lap I overtook di Resta to finish 8th after what could probably have been my best performance ever. Despite an extra stop I was in contention for points and despite pitting two laps earlier than Alonso I lost only a couple of seconds to him. However, my eleven-race podium streak came to an end; this is also only the second time, since I joined Ferrari, I have scored points but not stepped on the podium. Vettel won but Hamilton was only 5th, limiting his points gain to 6 in this round, while Vettel has passed Webber in the championship.

    #274767
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    Race 14: South Korea
    Qualifying: 13th – Race: 2nd
    I could only manage 13th in Q2 as rain affected my second run, while Vettel took pole from Hamilton and Alonso. I had a good run on the outside of turns 1 and 2 and combined with a good tow down the straight I got up to 2nd place by overtaking Hamilton at turn 3. Vettel ran away, though I lapped only a second slower than him, and the drivers behind me didn’t form a train. Rosberg knocked Alonso into a spin at turn 3 on the fourth lap. I pitted on lap 5 and forced Vettel to stay stationary for some more time as Rosberg and other drivers stopped too. Hulkenberg was fractionally late and allowed Vettel to leave while I waited for him to go by, meaning I had cut on Vettel’s lead but not enough to attack him. He was caught in traffic but Alonso was barely going to hold him behind and Ricciardo wasn’t slow enough, and both pitted anyhow at the end of the lap. Rosberg was delayed by Bottas and messed up as he was then overtaken by Webber. I kept him behind quite easily till the end, and after sandwiching between the two Mercedes in Singapore I did so between the two Red Bulls in Korea. Raikkonen did not score points for the first time this year after a crash but Alonso recovered to 6th; Hamilton was 10th after recovering through the field.

    #274669
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    Race 13: Singapore
    Qualifying: 6th – Race: 2nd

    In practice I had to run five laps starting with a fuel load of 56 laps, meaning I was last by 2 seconds, but with 40 laps’ worth of fuel less I was 10th, 2 seconds off Hamilton which I selected as my rival going into the weekend. Qualifying was the first dry session of the weekend and I confirmed my fears that I lacked grip and traction out of corners. 11th in Q1, 7th in Q2, as I found more confidence on the super softs, set me up for Q3. A good first lap put me 6th, and I cut a corner on my second attempt and had to give up. Alonso set pole ahead of Vettel and Hamilton. At the start I successfully tried a crazy move, squeezing through Hamilton on the right and Vettel on the left, with only a few inches of space more than my car’s width. I took the lead and pitted on lap 5, but Hamilton had done so one lap earlier and leapfrogged me. Alonso and the others who waited one more lap stayed behind. It started raining towards lap 8, but I waited to see if the situation got bad enough to have to switch tyres. On lap 11 I became the first one to put intermediates on, excluding Vettel who had pitted for a new front wing one lap earlier. Hamilton and the others followed on lap 12 and I recovered to be 3 seconds from Hamilton instead of the 13 I had before stopping. Perhaps had my crew not replaced my slightly damaged front wing I could’ve made it back to the lead, but anyhow Hamilton ran away again and I managed my gap on Rosberg to finish 2nd.

    #274256
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    Just for fun, I don’t buy these claims…

    Mercedes: Rosberg, Hamilton, Bottas
    Red Bull: Ricciardo, Vettel, Vergne
    Williams: Massa, Nasr, Wolff
    Ferrari: Alonso, Raikkonen, Calado
    McLaren: Button, Magnussen, Vandoorne
    Force India: Hulkenberg, Perez, Bianchi
    Toro Rosso: Kvyat, Sainz Jr., Verstappen
    Marussia: Chilton, Marciello, Cecotto Jr.

    #274257
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    Just for fun…

    Mercedes: Rosberg, Hamilton, Bottas
    Red Bull: Ricciardo, Vettel, Vergne
    Williams: Massa, Nasr, Grosjean
    Ferrari: Alonso, Raikkonen, Calado
    McLaren: Button, Magnussen, Vandoorne
    Force India: Hulkenberg, Perez, Bianchi
    Toro Rosso: Kvyat, Sainz Jr., Verstappen
    Marussia: Chilton, Marciello, Cecotto Jr.

    #274057
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    Race 13: Italy
    Qualifying: 18th – Race: 1st

    I used all my three sets of mediums but I wasn’t able to improve the time I set on my first lap, especially in the second sector. I did so by a quarter of a tenth on my last lap but I was one tenth off Q2 and qualified 18th, five positions ahead of Petrov. I didn’t have a brilliant start but I braked late and earned some places, then used the tow at Curva Grande to pass both Mercedes and Hamilton to take 4th place. Button spun out at Lesmo 2 and Grosjean passed Vettel for the lead at Variante Ascari. This allowed me into their tow and Vettel still trying to take the lead back helped me: at della Roggia I overtook Vettel, and Grosjean’s defending line allowed me to attack him going into Lesmo 1 to take the lead myself. This was one of my toughest defensive drives, as both at Curva del Serraglio and on the Rettifilo my DRS-equipped opponents had good runs, especially as I could never get the exit of Lesmo 2 completely right. I led Perez on lap 6 as I pitted, and lost time behind di Resta as he cost me downforce and Petrov overtook me in the first DRS zone, forcing me to overtake him on the outside of Ascari. Nonetheless Perez was exiting the pits as I approached Variante del Rettifilo and I out-braked him and passed him on the outside. The drivers battling behind me meant that at least once every two laps I had less to worry about in the DRS zones: Hamilton, Vettel and Alonso overtook Perez initially. On lap 10 Hamilton was going to attack me going into Ascari but I saw him slow down and pull aside as he retired from second place. Vettel, Perez and Alonso had a scrap for the podium positions. I started the last lap by lapping Glock and immediately after I lost the lead to Vettel on the pit straight. I braked very late but cut off Vettel on the exit of the first chicane to hold onto my lead, and dragged the car across the finish line as the chequered flag waved above me. Just before the race I’d chosen Vettel as my championship rival, and with this runner-up position he’s now third in the standings not far from Hamilton.

    #274023
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    Race 11: Hungary
    Qualifying: 11th – Race: 1st

    I reached Q2 in 15th place, then I was 10th for a brief time in Q2 but I lost out to Grosjean by half a tenth. Hamilton started from pole but on my side was the weather: heavy rain meant no pits tops on the wet compound. I started well and courageously took the inside line and braked late at turn 1 to take the lead. I lapped slower than what my rivals could have done but I wasn’t slowing them enough for them to swap positions frequently. On lap 10 Rosberg, unfortunately for him, tried to overtake me and I cleanly edged him and as he touched the kerb he moved off track and lost several positions. On lap 11 my KERS started malfunctioning and I couldn’t defend on the main straight. Luckily on that lap there were yellow flags waving, and in the upcoming two laps I used my full engine power to defend. It started working again and as the tyres degraded I had some more scares on the kerbs which I carelessly continued using, especially on entry to the chicane. Webber got past Vettel and unfortunately Hamilton clinched the final podium position limiting my points gain to 10, which still means that I’ve taken the lead of the championship back for now.

    Race 12: Belgium

    Qualifying: 19th – Race: 5th

    I did all I could in qualifying but with 1.3s to recover to be 18th I didn’t even try and settled for 19th, whilst Petrov was 23rd. I had a good start and stuck to the inside of La Source to recover to around 12th place, then overtook some cars on the outside of Eau Rouge and some exiting Raidillon, among which Hamilton who had started 2nd. Thanks to the KERS, the tow, the maximum engine power on the Kemmel straight I was now up to 5th and decided that was enough as the Mercedes ahead of me ran away into the distance. Through battles and probably accidents between the drivers chasing me, so close to each other, I earned some margin on the cars behind and by the time I pitted only Maldonado and Raikkonen were in a group with me. I managed to keep ahead of both during the stop and recovered the two lost positions on the next lap as Senna and Kobayashi pitted too. I still was 5th and defended with all my KERS battery against the attacks in the DRS zone, and despite having to out-break Raikkonen a couple of times I stayed ahead and salvaged an excellent 5th place which has only cost me two points to Rosberg, my second-nearest rival, and was worth a full ten points on the pointless Hamilton.

    #273243
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    Race 10: Germany
    Qualifying: 18th – Race: 5th

    I was only three tenths from Q2 but never could put in a good lap; Petrov was 21st. Between turns 1 and 2 I recovered to fourth place, then kept a good pace as I was only a second slower than Grosjean ahead of me and Button had trouble passing as I was the fastest driver through sector 2 and I always held a little margin going into the DRS zone. I pitted on lap 7 and Rosberg leapfrogged me by waiting an extra lap to stop. After Vergne pitted on lap 11 I had no one behind me for seconds and I could concentrate on my driving, as I lapped in the 1:21s repeatedly. The fastest lap was lowered by Rosberg and Hamilton and eventually became a 1:18.9. Hamilton recorded a hat-trick and now leads me in the drivers’ championship.

    #272983
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    Race 12: Italy
    Qualifying: 1st – Race: 1st
    In front of my home crowd I led a Ferrari one-two in practice, beating Alonso by over half a second and receiving excellent signs from my tyres. I led Q1 by the same margin which put me in P6 in Q2, last of the front-runners. When it mattered most, though, I put in a perfect lap, a 1:22.601, and beat Vettel by 453 thousandths, while Alonso missed out on the front row by one thousandth only. While I ran away in the lead Vettel and Alonso battled for P2, with the Spaniard being overtaken by Hamilton and eventually dropping to 7th. Webber in P4 was much further behind but slowly caught up with us leading trio by the time I had to stop, on lap 6. Vettel stayed behind and lost time on cold tyres and I passed Hamilton who was coming out of the pits one lap later. The pair swapped places and fell to 5 seconds behind me while I used all my engine power to set the fastest lap, although by not that much of a margin as Alonso was later able to improve it. He also passed Vettel for P3 while I was about to lap Chilton and slowly falling into Hamilton’s clutches again, but the chequered flag fell to stop that from happening. For the second year in a row I’ve won at home from pole, and with two poles set this year I’ve already gone one better than last year; my two poles are also the only times I’ve beaten Fernando in qualifying this season.

    #272973
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    My avatar is now Stefan Bellof’s helmet. He died 29 years ago today at Spa.

    #272722
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    Race 4: Bahrain
    Qualifying: 10th – Race: 2nd
    In Bahrain I found my setup from last year to be very driveable, and though it feels like the car understeers it isn’t true. I lapped one second slower on mediums than Alonso on hards, but finished free practice in the top 10 and, most importantly, my option tyres still had some life in them when I ran out of fuel after ten laps. I got in Q2 with hard tyres, but I had to use two sets of mediums to enter Q3. I set a benchmark time in Q3 on hards but I couldn’t recover positions on mediums and ended up 10th, 1.5s slower than Vettel and Alonso on the front row. I rose to 3rd behind Vettel and Alonso at the start, and my team mate attacked successfully the German for the lead on lap 2. Vettel was back in front on lap 5 and on lap 6 we pitted while Alonso and Webber continued. The Safety Car came out just ahead of me and I got past almost immediately, but had to tackle the lap slowly with waved yellows, so both Webber and Perez got ahead of me. At the restart Perez was far behind the Red Bulls but I got alongside him at the chequered line and got past, then out-braked both Red Bulls to take P2. Alonso lapped 1.5s faster every time and won with almost ten seconds earned in five laps, and I made it our second one-two since we became team mates twelve races ago. The Safety Car is usually what I need to take a win, because after attacking at the start I tend to lose contact with my rivals, so I was lucky to pass three drivers so quickly this time when it put me at disadvantage.

    Race 5: Spain
    Qualifying: 7th – Race: 2nd
    I was only 4 tenths off Alonso in practice as we ended up 2nd and 3rd to Rosberg. I had had no performance decrease in ten laps on the hard tyres, and my combined best sector times put me equal with Fernando’s lap. I was 3 tenths from Alonso’s P1 time in Q1 but P6. I was 10th in Q2 on medium tyres as rain started falling, but no one improved to knock me out. In a damp Q3 I was 8th with my first lap, inexplicably one second slower than Alonso. I improved by two tenths with a last-second attempt and beat Perez by 0.002s to take 7th place. Those ahead of me started slowly so I overtook them to take 2nd place behind the good-starting Alonso. I attacked him at turn 4 and he ran wide onto the gravel, dropping to last. I led comfortably until the pit stops, when my tyres were slightly too degraded, but I lost time in the pits as many drivers followed me in to change tyres. This nearly cost me two positions but I daringly passed Perez at turn 1 on the next lap, having to chase Webber. I was slowly catching him but I was using too much fuel, and when I changed engine mode I was caught by my pursuers and surrendered the win. Webber won with a ten seconds’ advantage on me and Alonso was 11th.

    Race 6: Monaco
    Qualifying: 4th – Race: 2nd
    In a wet free practice I was the fastest man on track before I crashed into Perez at turn 2 as he tried to move to make me pass but cut me off. Seven drivers retired and I switched to intermediates as soon as the rain ceased, lapping 8s slower than I’d previously done. In two laps, though, I bettered my time and in the upcoming four laps lowered by 6 seconds my performance. As soon as I reached the peak on those tyres, with someone still on wets, I switched to option slicks. In two laps I was setting session best times, and lowered the fastest lap by a further 4 seconds, before giving up and sitting out from the remaining 10 minutes of the session after lapping 18 times. I was one second clear of my rivals at the end of the session, with further rain forecast for the remainder of the weekend. I lost the momentum in a rainy Q1 where I was easily through despite being 2.3s slower than Hamilton. In Q2, I was 6th at +1s from Alonso but on prime tyres. I was 4th in Q3 on my first attempt, but my second one was a nightmare and I ended 2 tenths from Alonso who was P2 to Vettel. I snatched the lead from Vettel at turn 4 after a good start had promoted me to P2, and I solidly led until lap 8 when I pitted. Alonso continued for a further lap and jumped ahead of Vettel, but Hamilton ahead extended his stint on super softs to twice as long as anyone else, building a 10s lead before he stopped. Rain started falling halfway-through but only became a problem in the final two laps, but nothing stopped Hamilton from winning by 21 seconds on the two Ferraris.

    Race 7: Canada
    Qualifying: 4th – Race: 1st
    I was 4 tenths quicker than Rosberg in Q1 and 5 tenths quicker than Alonso, putting me on top of the timesheets. I was 8th in Q1 and 5th in Q2, not far from the leaders but fastest in sectors 1 and 3. I was 4th in Q3 on my first attempt and was going to take pole after the chequered flag but I messed up the final sector and didn’t improve. The first two rows were the same as at the last race, Vettel, Alonso, Rosberg and me. Nico’s bad start allowed me to easily attack Fernando and Sebastian for the lead, which I successfully did. Alonso overtook Vettel at the hairpin and I held him at bay because I earned a lot in the final chicane and that was enough to defend on the straights. I pitted on lap 9 for new intermediates because the hard rain forecast was ten minutes away. I set the fastest lap of the race with a 1:17.602 on my out-lap and took the lead back, while Alonso dropped three positions. Four more laps within a tenth of that time, culminating in a 1:15.987, helped me to extend my lead on Rosberg to 4 seconds. I lost all of those in the final three laps as the rain made driving almost impossible, and in the bunched up field Alonso recovered to 3rd place. I defended from the Mercedes to finally take a long overdue win.

    Race 8: Great Britain
    Qualifying: 1st – Race: 1st
    I was 4th in free practice, behind Alonso and the two Mercedes by only 2 tenths despite me being the only one on prime tyres. I was 6th in Q1, last of the Ferrari-Red Bull-Mercedes drivers, without many efforts, and the same happened in Q2. In Q3 I set two consecutive laps in my first run, going first 7th then 2nd, two tenths off Hamilton’s pace. With a couple of seconds left I started a last attempt on a new set of mediums and improved by a tenth in S1 and by two further tenths in S2, giving me the fastest session time of the first two sectors combined. I didn’t lose my head in S3 and beat Hamilton by 129 thousandths to take pole. Alonso was 0.886 seconds slower than me and only qualified 7th. I kept the lead at the start despite Hamilton’s determined attacks, and Rosberg took P3 ahead of Vettel, who found himself in the middle of a close fight which delayed the group. The Mercedes and I ran away, and I set the fastest lap on lap 3 which, despite not lasting long – Rosberg beat it next time around – set the bar for some consistent and fast laps on my part. I pitted on lap 6 without troubles but Rosberg behind me caught traffic. Hamilton pitted one lap later but lost some tenths to me and I took the lead back. Alonso was pursuing Webber for P3 while Hamilton got closer to me as the laps went by. I set the fastest lap on lap 8 which was then beaten by 0.011s by Alonso on lap 10 and by 3 tenths by Vettel on lap 12. I won from pole but lost out on the hat-trick, and now I’m 2 points from Alonso in the championship.

    Race 9: Germany
    Qualifying: 6th – Race: 2nd
    In practice I started my race simulation with a competitive lap but from then on lapped consistently between 3 and 9 tenths slower than that. After ten laps my tyres passed their duration test but I gave up trying to improve my time and I finished 5th, only one tenth slower than Alonso. My first flying lap in Q1 was a good one which put me in P4 at 2 tenths from Alonso, and I didn’t ruin my tyres further to try and get an useless improvement. In fact, I used the same set of tyres to get into Q3, albeit with a daring 10th place. Despite two attempts in Q3 I couldn’t go higher than 6th, almost a second slower than polesitter Alonso. I started well and made a move on the inside to take the lead. I held it tight but my tyres were degrading too quickly and I was forced to anticipate my stop by a lap. Hamilton got past in the final sector of lap 6 but he didn’t earn much as he gave me DRS on the back straight. Everyone else pitted one lap later and I recovered to 3rd, then attacked Webber at turn 3 to take 2nd place, with Hamilton already 7 seconds ahead! He had lapped in a 1:31.7, my fastest lap on options was a 1:36.0 which I improved to 1:33.2 on primes. I had done a good job to keep the pace of my rivals despite pitting one lap earlier but Hamilton was on another planet. As he ran away to take the win by 20 seconds, I was attacked by Rosberg and the Red Bulls, and I couldn’t see Alonso in my mirrors. Simply by beating him we would’ve been equal on the team mate battle if we had both finished on the podium, but he was somehow 16th and with an extra podium I’ve been promoted to first driver.

    Race 10: Hungary
    Qualifying: 4th – Race: 2nd
    In practice I did a race simulation – or rather, a long stint-simulation – and my tyres passed the test; moreover, I was encouragingly quick, ending P2 at only 3 tenths from Alonso. I was 5th both in Q1 and Q2 on the same set of primes because I was able to go 8 tenths quicker in the second session. In Q3 I set a second lap which put me 4th at 3 tenths from Alonso, and although I managed to start a third lap on a the third set of options I’d saved in Q2 I couldn’t improve. Fernando had a penalty and started 11th, and Vettel inherited pole ahead of Rosberg. I overtook Rosberg at turn 1 and Vettel at turn 2 and led comfortably. My tyres degraded too quickly but I managed to have to pit only one lap earlier than planned, but Webber and Vettel leapfrogged me. My engineer told me Vettel had engine problems and I heard a strange noise when I reached him. I overtook him on lap 14 and immediately stopped pushing and looked after my tyres which had to last one lap longer than predicted. I successfully managed them and could defend from Button on the last lap to finish second, 20s from Webber who had been 5s in front when I became runner-up only 4 laps beforehand. Alonso finished 7th and has now dropped behind the Australian as well in the standings.

    Race 11: Belgium
    Qualifying: 9th – Race: 1st
    I was 8th in practice, 15th in Q1 and 10th in Q2, under the rain, two tenths slower than Alonso in P9, only just quicker than Rosberg in P11; in Q3 Alonso took pole and I was 2.3s slower in P9, still under heavy rain. I took P3 at turn 1 in the dry race, and while Alonso attacked Hamilton after the Kemmel straight I used their tow to pass them both. On lap 3 the Safety Car was sent on track and I completed the lap without fear of being attacked and saving fuel and tyres. I wondered whether I should’ve pitted as the field was moving slowly but I decided against it and reached the Safety Car after Eau Rouge. The Safety Car entered the pits on lap 5 but I postponed my stop not to fall behind traffic. I pitted with Hamilton and Alonso on lap 6 and despite some slight traffic in the pit lane I did not lose P1, while Alonso had to wait behind me and dropped to 9th. Me and Hamilton now led Perez by 4 seconds and we set much faster times, lapping in the 1:50 and some tenths. I fended off the Mercedes on the straights and we safely finished one-two before Raikkonen came home third having surpassed both McLarens. Alonso was only 8th, Webber 7th, Rosberg 9th and Vettel recorded his first 0 this year having retired, which is probably what caused the Safety Car period.

    #271084
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    Race 2: Malaysia
    Qualifying: 9th – Race: 15th
    I only qualified 9th, 1.8s off Alonso’s pole time. I took the lead by driving through the pack at turn 1 and passing Alonso on the inside of turn 2, but one lap later I lost the lead to my team mate. My tyres dropped off well earlier than planned and I lost positions and had to anticipate my stop to lap 5. 6 laps on the hard tyres brought me to 8th place before I pitted once more for the option rubber and ended the race 15th, between the two Williams who I was much faster of in the last laps. Alonso won ahead of Hamilton and Hulkenberg.

    Race 3: China
    Qualifying: 13th – Race: 16th
    I went for a setup which sacrificed a bit of performance for better handling, at least that’s what I thought in practice when the times couldn’t be easily compared as I had set them on degrading tyres. In Q1 I improved though, only to be knocked out of Q3 as I couldn’t go any faster on the softs. Alonso qualified 2nd and I was 13th. After a brilliant start I stormed through to 3rd place behind Alonso and Hamilton. First Webber, then Vettel and finally Rosberg led the charge against me while I almost kept Lewis’ pace and Fernando vanished in front. On lap 4 Nico got past as I started suffering from premature degradation, and I had to pit on lap 5 just after being passed by both Red Bulls. I was 7th when, three laps later, Vettel concluded the round of pit stops and became the only driver to lose a position to me. I started driving more smoothly to save my tyres but with three laps to go I could see with my eyes and with my telemetry that I wasn’t going to make it, so I pitted for a last set of softs. I was 18th, 7s adrift of Bottas who closed a train of six cars. I caught them at the last corner and passed two of them, but 16th was well below my standards.

    #268835
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    Season 2 – Scuderia Ferrari #1 (Difficulty 4/5)

    Race 1: Australia
    Qualifying: 6th – Race: 2nd
    I was 7th in practice as I focussed on race simulation, and set my fastest time on lap 9 of 10. In Q1 I left the pits with ten minutes left and set the 16th fastest time only, but I improved in every sector on my second lap and rose to 7th, with the fastest sector 1 time of all. I was 9th at the end of the session with Alonso in 2nd. In Q2 again I left the pits with 10 minutes to go and went 10th fastest, then improved to 5th, 6 tenths slower than Alonso who ended the session on top. In Q3 I planned two runs, and to set two laps in the first and one in the second. I improved by only 2 tenths on my second lap and was 8th, and with two minutes remaining I left for my final try on a new set of super softs, which put me in 6th place, 6 tenths behind polesitter Vettel who beat Alonso in the final seconds.
    I planned my strategy to two stops with the prime compound, the medium tyres, in the second stint. I jumped up to 2nd place after Alonso blocked me at turn 1, and Vettel pitted from the lead on lap 3 so I found myself leading for a lap, when Hamilton and I pitted. I came out back in 2nd place, now with the Brit behind me and with Vettel pushing harder on the option compound. He pitted on lap 8 and I led again until my second stop, planned for lap 12. I decided to pit one lap early hoping Vettel had been caught in traffic and thinking that I was better off defending on track rather than postponing the stop and continuing on worn tyres. This proved the right choice as Hamilton and Raikkonen behind me pitted on that lap too and, having swapped places, continued pursuing me in the final four laps. Grosjean led for one lap but he had been behind me enough for me to get back in front without having to push, and I set my personal best laps reducing Vettel’s lead by 2 seconds, though it remained of 10s when he took the chequered flag, having scored a hat-trick. Raikkonen was 3rd, the two Mercedes preceded Grosjean and Perez beat Alonso.

    #268834
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    Season Summary
    Wins: 6 – Poles: 1 – Doubles: 1 – Grand Slams: 0

      Australia – 13th + 4th
      Malaysia – 6th + 1st
      China – 12th + 10th
      Bahrain – 10th + 6th
      Spain – 5th + 12th
      Monaco – 7th + 1st
      Canada – 10th + 1st
      Great Britain – 18th + 9th
      Germany – 18th + 10th
      Hungary – 12th + 7th
      Belgium – 17th + 5th
      Italy – 1st + 1st
      Singapore – 10th + 2nd
      South Korea – 11th + 3rd
      Japan – 3rd + 1st
      India – 11th + 2nd
      Abu Dhabi – 6th +1st
      United States – 14th + 3rd
      Brazil – 10th + 3rd
    #268250
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    Hi @ldawson, I’m glad you also like GP2! I have a blog inspired by F1F itself on the Series, and you have given me a great idea, but for now all I can provide you with is a more traditional calendar: http://gp2fanatic.wordpress.com/information/seasons/2014-season

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