Post by Kayo "Sideways" Michiels on Jul 26, 2020 20:00:47 GMT
Had fun.. but the damn tyres man.. once they are hot.. no grip... lost backend when coming out of no name corner after Rivage... but had some great fun with Jason Whited... with us swapping places... even did a daring pass on him going into Les Combes...
If you see a car going sideways... that's probably me..
Post by Thiago Canola on Jul 26, 2020 22:37:33 GMT
Another great race! Had so much fun. Wanted to play safe to not take any risk starting from last. The car was good, great pace, always over the razor's edge. Not a single bubble until lap 38 and the 1st and only happened at exit of bus stop, light car over the curb didn't work very well. Damaged suspension = end of race.
Didn't had time to practice as much as the mod requires, these cars are tough. (Respect)
Congratulations to the podium and finishers!
PS: Another great race from Ray. Several great results in a row. Great driving!!!👍🏻
Post by Pascal Mikula on Jul 27, 2020 10:55:37 GMT
Okay, so that's Win #4 for me in 10 starts..so far so good!
I suppose I had my setups done by the time the race thread went up, so all I really could do was clock in laps and rack up the miles..by the end of raceweek I was bored as hell and just waiting for Sunday to come.
Nobody at the front really got their hotlap times, not even close, I assume. Gabriele being a second and a half down on his best time and I was almost a full second down on my time as well; hence why I went out on my last run and got caught on camera making Ken very angry by blowing my engine at La Source. But that's also yet another Pole Position, so I'm happy. I hope I'll be able to keep that up, since..getting 14 poles out of 15 starts (or non-starts if you look at Hungary...) would sound like some sort of record for a season of F1 competition.
And another formation lap.
And another one!
Well, the issue really was that the red grid boxes were somehow gone for people starting from row 5 or so. I saw mine fine, but others didn't, so we unfortunately had to restart the race twice. However, no one person caused the aborted starts, so nobody got put to the back of the grid either.
Anyway, at the start I was careful, as the Tyrrell seems to be prone to overheating when stood on the grid (yes, yes, like every other car, but the Honda V10 almost instantly blows up as soon as it starts smoking, that's what I mean) but at the end of lap 1 I was ahead by two seconds. So I was very lucky that Miller and the two Minardis battled, but seeing Miller retire was quite a sad moment for me as well. I'm not even trying to spin the yarn or whatever, I genuinely want to have a battle till the end.
However, I gotta say that the car was just absolutely a class of its own. The setup was perfect from start to finish, I was able to go full throttle through Eau Rouge/Radillion and Blanchimont even on a full tank (unlike others, most likely) - so that's where I gained most time.
I pitted on lap 26, even though my tires were still good for another four laps, however I didn't want to risk them falling off a cliff so I went into the pits. By then I was 40 seconds ahead of second place, so I was pretty safe. The Pirelli tires were perfect, and I don't think I'd trade them in for anything. (FYI, I was running soft tires in the front and supersofts in the back)
EDIT: I gotta apologize to Alberto Iquino, though.. For some reason the game put both of us in the same pits, so you had to queue up behind me, when I went to pit and I didn't realize that; had I known that earlier, I'd done one more lap so you could have a smooth pit stop!
As far as lapping traffic goes, I learned a lot from previous races and I was patient when it came to lapping cars. More often than not I was in a position to try and lap someone going into Eau Rouge, and had this race happened half a year ago, I'd definitely gone for it and most likely crashed out, but I didn't do that last night, even if it meant losing two seconds that lap.
I didn't get much screen time either, but that's okay. That means nobody saw when I went off at Les Fagnes about three times!
Anyway, so that's quite a lead in the championship for me, both in the WDC as well as the WCC for Tyrrell.
TL;DR: The main reason I won by such a margin was because the three drivers behind me were battling each other for the better part of the race while I didn't have anyone right behind me and because Gabriele fell back so far at the start.
Post by Gabriele Del Piccolo on Jul 27, 2020 12:17:37 GMT
Now my races have become a "disco or not to disco".. and when..? Everything else is quite relative, apart from the overtaking with a chicane-cut on Brian which I'm sure I will definitely take a penalty. My championship was already finished in Germany, now with the news in the teams we will see how the last 5 races will take place. Congrats to Pascal for his awesome job during all the race weekend and to Minardi guys for the brilliant job they did toghether. Nice holidays to everyone
Gabriele sorry that I squeezed up the inside in to Les Combes on the first lap, I tried to let you straight back through but that didn't happen. When you caught back up a few laps later I deliberately ran wide at La Source to allow you through.
A strange race for me as I was quick for the first dew laps and then my pace dropped off. Clipped the barrier exiting La Source and had to pit to fix it, only half fixed by the pit crew and I continued at a slower pace to finish 9th. At least I finished.