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16th September 2017, 14:11 at 2:11 pm #350195
Well, that’s certainly a pleasant surprise ^_^6th September 2017, 7:09 at 7:09 am #3496243rd September 2017, 7:16 at 7:16 am #349261
Race 2 – China
After a few strong practice sessions, where I was able to complete all programs, most of which to optimal standards, I was fairly confident going into qualifying. Unfortunately, that confidence was slightly misplaced and lost too much time in sector two relative to everybody else and started last.
The race was wet from the start, as predicted, which helped me out to no end given I had been preparing for it all weekend. With everyone being so tentative in the sodden conditions, I made my way up to 13th in the first corner and set about trying to chase the point scorers. To my surprise, I was able to keep quite good pace, and made numerous moves, lap after lap down into the hairpin at turn 5.
Suddenly, I found myself passing Stroll for 8th, when Kvyat retired and brought out the safety car. There were still 20 laps of the 28 lap race remaining, and with the wets about 25% worn, I decided to take a free stop for fresh wets. No-one else in the field seemed to have the same idea, so I came out in last and caught the pack just as the SC period was ending. So after 10 laps, I was right back to where I started.
I set about trying to make gains on my fresh wets, but found it slightly more difficult than before. However, people were beginning to put a few laps into this new stint. After another few laps, and pit stops ahead of me, I was back in 10th, chasing down the the pack lead by Stroll conveniently, who was now in 6th, where I could have been had I not pitted.
Just before I caught them, Vettel had caught me having pitted for inters. So I decided to jump in and do the same. Immediately I felt enough grip to push hard, though I feel many others would feel the same.
Now I was fighting amidst the pack I had been chasing and finally made my way passed Stroll for a second time, taking 6th. Hulkenberg in 5th, Grosjean in 4th, and whomever was in 3rd seemed a bit too far ahead for me to catch.
To my surprise, Hulkenberg pitted, gifting me 5th, then the same with Grosjean two laps later. Suddenly, I was so close to the podium I could smell it. It was at this point I realised I was -0.4 down on fuel, with Massa pushing hard to get passed me.
The next couple of laps passed and I found myself cruising passed the pits to take 3rd from whichever driver pitted at that time. Massa tried to take my glory at this point, but I held around the outside of turn 1 to keep my position. For pretty much the remainder of the race I had to try and save fuel, running lean mix everywhere bar the back straight to give myself the best chance at staying in front.
Eventually Massa pitted on the penultimate lap and I could cruise home to take my first podium of my career and the first points and podium for Sauber!
Sauber now sit fourth in the Constructor’s thanks to me, just behind Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull.29th August 2017, 7:50 at 7:50 am #348820
Season 1 – Sauber #92 – Teammate: Pascal Wehrlein (Difficulty 101/110)
Never expected it to be this difficult. I was quite a way off of the pace, and only able to complete the track acclimatisation programme. I was fairly close on a couple of others, but just proved too difficult.
I was able to close up the gap somewhat, to within 7 tenths of Wehrlein, which was a considerable improvement, but just not enough to qualify anything but last. Doesn’t help that the Sauber is a hard car to drive.
Opted for a one stop in the race, which seemed like the favourable strategy amongst most of the teams other than the front runners, so started on the super softs. Got a fairly decent start and out-dragged Pascal into turn one, and got a night slip stream on Wehrlein heading into turn three. With a nice slingshot move, I shot passed both Mclaren drivers and was attacking Perez. Unfortunately, he wasn’t giving any quarter, and pushed me wide, allowing Alonso to get the jump on me. I tried to keep pace, but was losing a couple of tenths on him per lap.
This was the status quo for the entire first stint. Vandoorne chased me, we had fairly similar pace, though I was probably holding him up slightly, but we were escaping from the other Sauber.
Pitted a lap earlier than both guys behind me, which I thought would help, but somehow Vandoorne got the jump on me by a mere couple of tenths, and just didn’t have the speed to make a move into turn three. For the rest of the race, I chased as hard as I could, but over the remaining 15 or so laps, he grew the gap to 4 seconds.
Started – 20th
Finished – 16th (Ahead of my team mate, thankfully) due to a few retirements.
Think I’ll turn the difficulty down to 100 and I think it might be more even.7th August 2017, 11:05 at 11:05 am #347726
In regards to the Ruiz/Wagner incident, I don’t think there’s any one party to blame. Ruiz goes for the inside, but has to quickly switch to the outside when Wagner cuts in front. This leaves Wagner very tight on the corner and because of the line he’s taken, as Ruiz comes around the outside, naturally comes away from the corner and understeers into Ruiz. If you take a screen by screen shot, Wagner comes away from the kerb, so there is space, but the natural line being taken was always going to come away at that angle.
Meanwhile, Ruiz tries to take a line on the outside, on the dirty side of the track after having to switch back, so naturally wants to stay fairly tight as to not lose time or understeer off the circuit.
That’s my view on it anyway, I feel it’s more of an unfortunate racing incident from both parties. Very similar to Klaas and Hoskins I think it was, Klaas was further along, but Hoskins’ trajectory was always going to take him away from the corner because of the line he took, which again was another unfortunate incident.7th August 2017, 1:20 at 1:20 am #347716
Real opportunity missed here I feel. Whilst the pace was very close to a few other teams and not really in contention with the win on merit, I do feel we were robbed in some places. For example, North Star seemed particularly hell bent on doing anything to ensure Franklin drivers would not be able to get passed, whilst seemingly letting others through quite casually.
All in all, whilst there was some great driving out there, it was spoiled by some equally appalling driving as well from a few different drivers.5th August 2017, 15:33 at 3:33 pm #347696
Very close quali session, and very surprised to see as many on softs as there are considering the temps.
Without Downton I think it would be a colossal battle for the win, but instead I think it’s going to be a big fight to see who grabs that final podium spot.11th July 2017, 11:54 at 11:54 am #345829
You don’t seem to understand what I’m getting at. I’m all for change. I’m all for fixing issues. But that’s not what was suggested. A suggestion was made to not allow Ocelot to race. Since then, instead of apologising for that remark, or better yet, coming up with a better, more acceptable solution, you’ve acted as if you’re the victim in this.
As aforementioned, please feel free to voice opinions, just not ones that will ultimately effect someone else’s fun of the game.
Now, having said that, I’m all for voicing views kayfabe, but if the lines are blurring between reality and character, then people will get offended and it will create an unwanted toxic atmosphere.11th July 2017, 10:35 at 10:35 am #345826
I’m saying get on with it because you’re not creating solutions, you’re just creating problems.
When “I wonder if the gap is too large to have them racing,” are ushered, what is that supposed to mean?
What are you going to try and impose then? Forced development so that they don’t hold people up? Perhaps only let them qualify until they’re fast enough to race, meanwhile never having a chance to score points or gain prize money. How far does that go? Should every backmarker be considered a threat if they don’t get out of the way? Should they all be disqualified?
No, because it’s been a mainstay of the series since its inception and if there was something Nic could have done about it, then he would have.
Now, if you’re able to create a solution to a problem which has existed for the past 4 years, then please, by all means, voice your opinions. Until then, there’s no need to persecute a team for something other teams have been guilty of in the past.11th July 2017, 9:06 at 9:06 am #345823
I’m sorry, but whether it was said or not is irrelevant at this point. Nothing needs to be done, and to suggest such action is ludicrous. Top teams have been putting up with awkward backmarkers, rightly or wrongly, for 4 years previous to this.
Whilst we’ve all been annoyed at a backmarker interfering in the result in the past, nothing can be done, or it would have already. Imposing a qualifying system like the 107% rule only serves to handicap them more. So, in the nicest possible way, just get on with it.9th July 2017, 18:35 at 6:35 pm #345732
Lots to say after that race, I won’t bother tagging anyone in case of spoilers.
Firstly, very impressed with the team, we were never going to match our quali pace, but did a solid job, only let down by the strategy of the medium tyres I think. Although perhaps Giodano just isn’t as good in race trim. But a stunning job from Ruiz to nearly beat one of the Downtons.
I do agree that it was harsh commentary on Ocelot. Now, I’m no stranger to “heel” commentary, or even playing the villain in this series full stop, but even logically they’re not last in the Championship, they’re clearly working on an alternative strategy and if you discount the meta game side of things, they’ve created a technical partnership with the most successful team in the series, so seems a bit silly to be reprimanding them.
Also, whilst it’s impressive Powers won with all of his injuries, no-one mentioned that both Ruiz and Giodano had the flu, and had previously suffered injuries during the week after a team building mountain climbing accident when each of them fell 50 feet and broke numerous bones in both their arms and legs only 2 days before…
They just didn’t want to whinge about it ;)8th July 2017, 16:41 at 4:41 pm #345548
Didn’t want to comment after practice in case it was just a fluke, but with both drivers locking out the front row, it seems to be we have some genuine pace here, which is rather surprising after recent races.
I won’t hold my breath just yet though!22nd May 2017, 12:42 at 12:42 pm #342626
Nope.15th May 2017, 9:09 at 9:09 am #342434
My only advice from when I went in 2014 is to get there as early as possible, and know exactly where you want to be (if you’re not in the grandstand) as it fills up so quickly.
Again, if you’re not in the grandstand, then take a couple of seats, otherwise you may find yourself forking over nearly £80 for two chairs.
And finally, other than the essentials (water, sun cream etc), try to get near a big screen, it makes it much easier to keep up with the action.28th April 2017, 18:37 at 6:37 pm #341224
Is Judson Sikes really worth 6 million?