Qualified exactly where I thought I could, and just wanted to hold on to that position in the race. In the practice start, Michael had jumped me from one place back on the inside (P5). Having Miele there in the race, I didn't even think that it could happen again!
So, when I got to braking for T1, I checked my mirror and pribluda and saw Miele was 12 yards back. Thus, I thought I was fine to tuck in behind Michiel and take a middling line to get a good exit. It turns out I had backed off just enough on the approach that Michael was in my blind spot on the right and, crucially, fractionally ahead, so I spun out off wheel to wheel contact. It was a shame as had I realised he was there, I could have simply taken a wider line and tucked in safely behind him for 5th place.
To make matters worse, I then caught myself out coming back through the field, when Ed was passing Doni. Having backed off on the approach to T1, again, I suddenly found myself braking too late for a side-by-side in front! Aiming for the narrowing gap between the cars, I bounced off Ed's rear left and into Doni's rear right. Thankfully, he could continue after quite a big hit into the straw bales.
But the day got worse from there.. recovering for the 2nd time now, and with hot rear tyres, I caught a slide from the penultimate corner, but did so so quickly that the wheel calibration was thrown off - and in that split second it put me two wheels onto the grass and I ended up doing a Vettel/Hockenheim 2018 straight into the barriers. If only I could have made the next corner, then I could have 'reset' it by going to full lock. Very similar to my crash at Interlagos last year in that respect (before I knew the trick to reset it).
I'm confident I could have had the pace to finish on the podium today, having done a 1:03.0 on race fuel after a few laps, so I am gutted for the team, especially after damage last time out as well. Congratulations to everyone else though, this was a tough race and everyone finished, apart from me and Tris, who was unlucky to land upside down after contact.
I am also starting to think that I should have picked up a Logitech G920 in the winter sales last year for £129 and even seen if my old G25 shifter would be compatible with it.