During qualifying I hadn't even set my car in first gear or I already got launched over the pit box.
Luckily my car landed on it's right side and was able to move on. No damage even!
I had a little difficulty with wheelspin through the slow corners especially. I did a number of tweaks through practice/qualifying.
Eventually I did not fully resolve the problem but I got it pretty tameable.
The battle for P3 was pretty exciting between me, Iestyn and Alboreto. Very impressive pulling off a time this close in a Brabham!
In a final attempt I managed to set a time just between the two and settle with P4. Happy with that.
I got well off the line, got next to Iestyn on the approach of T1, but let him have it as he had the inside.
Instead I positioned myself for Cocabana and have the inside line. This plan was succesful, I got myself into podium position.
Naturally the Fast-Rs would pull away leaving me to fight with Iestyn for position.
I managed to keep him at bay for a while till he spun at the Esses giving me some breathing space.
However, later on I spun at Cocabana myself and wasted the spare time I had.
Midway the race, the two race leaders suddenly disco'd which put me in the position of leading the D1 pack for the first time.
At that point, my heart was racing and my head filled itself with the thought of a victory in D1. The nerve system went full overdrive, and become even more of a threat than Iestyn will be.
Keeping him behind me was no easy task. Iestyn clearly had better pace, though I barely manage to keep him from making a move.
He nearly got me once, but failed to out-brake me, meaning I could maintain the position.
With just four laps to go, it seemed I am going to succeed to maintain that composure, but I lock up at Cocabana and took the wide line, allowing Iestyn to pass and take the checkered flag.
I was livid. I seemed to have it in the bag. But the mistake prevented it from happening.
Rather than be happy about matching my best ever finish in D1, I was very upset, and I expressed that post-race. On-track and at the chat.
This really is was a result I need to take my time to reflect on, though.
Even though I felt extremely disappointed with myself shortly after the race, I think I still drove a really solid race.
Pace-wise I was there, in a relative sense. On consistency I scored pretty good, too. No damage.
And doubled the amount of points in the standings.
I have driver about 1/3 of the race in first, which is something very few achieve. May work favours by the end of the season
Overall, looking at the first quarter of the season, things are really going the way I like it to.
Sure, few mishaps, and a very unfortuante moment, but I'll have to be ignorant not to say it is going fantastic so far.
Let's carry this on to Q2, though I must say I should fear for my G-rating