Glad to be back racing after missing round one. I qualified 5th and was content to wait behind Tom and Miguel in front, as they had more pace than me, but I knew I could finish with no mistakes.
That said, I then had a small off which lost me 2 seconds. Dag was then all over me, until his own mistake. Tom was unlucky with an engine problem near the end and that gave me 4th. Miguel had a mistake and was slowing down - perhaps to save fuel?
He picked up the pace again and out of the last corner I set it up for a slipstream attempt to the finish line. I got a mega run, but then I saw that Miguel's fuel was spluttering. I had pushed right to the track edge and the closing speed was so fast (with Dag only 50 yards behind me) that I was too late to swerve left (after having looked to pass on the right) and I hit him square on the rear, spun out and lost a wheel, crossing the line backwards .
What could have been 3rd became 5th with damage . I am annoyed at myself and for the team, especially as we were leading the teams championship after race 1. But now I can see why Hill hit Schumacher at Adelaide in 1994. It happened so quickly that my only way past was to commit to passing Miguel on the left immediately after coming out of the last corner, but I didn't know his fuel was spluttering until it was too late. Braking would have left me 4th/5th and/or at risk of being rear-ended by Dag/needing him to brake to avoid the same accident if I then went left.
A better analogy would be the Minardi collision at Monza in 1993. I'm glad that Miguel was not affected by the bump but I had just hoped to stay straight as well, like Felix da Costa at Monza (GP3) rather than spearing off into the barrier!
Iestyn DaviesMember Since 06 Aug 2007
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