Congratulations on the win Michael, well deserved with steady driving! I remember your struggle with going sub 8 myself. I first went 8:05with the Honda, and BRM, then 8:01 Lotus, 8:01 with Eagle and 8:00 with Ferrari during 2001, until in 2002 with the BRM after some tries I went 7:59, and then later that day twice in 7:58 even, almost a WR at the time. It really is a barrier and the long final straight does nothing to keep you from thinking, don't mess this up now
It will come, surely if you try now, after the race you had
A few days on still such a shame it ended, there was a promise of a great battle ahead for the podium places, and I was getting excited about this, hungry even for it after it seemed I could relatively safely push quite hard for a good result on pretty much the only track on the calendar where it would be possible, in the summer holiday period where I was also able to train a bit more than normal.
Not having raced here in 10 years meant I did need a little bit to reacquaint myself with the differences in layout to let's say the iRacing version, however once I got a decently handling setup it quickly came together and I smelled a sub 8 was feasible, perhaps also improving on the BRM PB 7:58
in the end I did a sub 8 in Q that was clean, and then the second try was even better, possibly a 7:57.9 if taking best sector times, but I ended up overcooking the 3rd sector Angstkurve, going a bit wide and losing time on the grass, then going racing on the banks at Pflanzgarten II and it ended up being a 8:00 instead, damn
Regarding the short race, I am not mad or disappointed at Greg at all actually. It's like the people wrote here already, racing. It can happen to anyone. Me included. I still recall a Masters of GPL race in 2001 at Solitude, where on a lighter fuel load at the start in the BRM I could race faster cars and I ended up rear ending Nicke Lindqvist in a Ferrari going into T2, trying to line him up for a pass into the T3 hairpin there to make the most of my early race advantage. It was an equally tough lesson that I remember ever since.
Actually in the same practice race Michael mentioned, after falling behind him at the start I caught him up and almost did the same going into Schwedenkreuz, the difference in speed there made me steer away from a rear ending accident and into a spin into the wall instead. I should have known that my weight and torque deficit was being countered by going much quicker in certain riskier places and needed to keep more space at first in such areas. I took this lesson into the race where sadly it didn't get the chance to pay off. Sometimes you are just not in the right place at the right time.
Michael, I think your caution in to T1 with not taking the racing line actually made you have the right line to avoid what then happened up front! Good instincts
Greg, I hope you don't take your performance this race too heavily on yourself. Being critical of one self when things go wrong isn't bad in itself, but it would be a shame if it leads to avoiding the chance of it happening ever again by not racing at all. On the contrary it will be good to try again, and again. I too had to readjust myself this season to racing close in Kyalami where I overlooked a car and took the racing line when I could not, only just but still. I wish we can welcome you at Monza where the racing will be closely fought for sure, and fun as well!
Edited by Michiel Pompert, 31 August 2017 - 12:43 PM.