Hell.., I wrote the whole story of the race down in prev. post and then it / the whole text got lost, once I added the replay links into the posting afterwards (and also overwrote the windows text-cache with the link).
So, here it is (I'm typing it) again:
Qualy was not a desaster but also not at the best possible, I got stuck in 1:28,6 and 1:28, 7 laptimes at all (each) laps -making small mistakes-, also I loaded an older setup in the first two laps (with only other camber values at front), I think with my latest setup the first two laps in qualy would have been a bit quicker than they were.
Pretty remindable race, 'epicly' close in the first laps, being at least three times side by side with Andrea at the start/finish line and sometimes three cars racing each other in a bulk. I lost some of my pace in the first laps of the race, because of getting stuck behind some cars, but that was worth it for the racing.
To manage the fuel was a bit of a challenge as expected. I think I drove to my pit stop at the end of lap 21 (leading into lap 22)*, though I had enough fuel to do another lap (2,5 l left), but I thought "now when 22 laps are finished when I cross the line in the pits, the other left 22 laps should be possible in the same way (40 l)", but somehow it did not work out. I had just 0,8 l left at the end of lap 43 towards the last corner in lap 43 and drove to the pits to maybe refill the car for the final lap. Then in the pit lane I saw Maarten (his name above his car) crossing the line after 44 laps and me just afterwards there in the pitlane, that way I had not to drive a whole lap anymore (lap 44), because of getting behind the leaders in the pit lane of my lap no. 43 (so getting -1 lap), so that I still could finish the race after 43 laps with just 0,8 l fuel. It was kind of a lucky circumstance that I did not crossed the line in the pit lane just before the leaders -I could save my last lap no. 44-, but also if not the pos. would be the same now.
Before the last pit in lap 43 I got kind of nervous -because of thinking what to do, since I noticed that the fuel will not last to the end..-, so I messed up some corners in lap 42 and 43 and Luca Orsetti could optain my position in lap 43, also my tires were pretty much done. You had to be careful in the first two corners after ca. 14 laps on the same tires, but that was no problem, because I knew it from the practice before, just a problem for getting still quick laptimes in the middle of each of such longer stints when you have to be careful (slower at the entrance of t1 and in t2).
*edit: I watched and counted the laps of my first stint at the replay 'klickable'-bar below the screen and it were indeed only 21 laps in first stint, so no surprise that fuel at the second stint did not last for 23 more laps. I did not count in that the leader was already a bit ahead (as I watched at the completed laps he already crossed the line which incresed the counter to 21/44, while I was in fact still in 21th lap and not in 22th lap like the leader at this moment), that explains the error (my wrong calc. at this point).
Triple eight btw. -8. at prequaly, 8. in qualy, 8. at race result- .
Last edited by M Waechter on Sat Jun 16, 2012 2:29 pm; edited 1 time in total