With a fast pace and some unique corners, Interlagos has always been one of my preferred tracks in the service. I had a good pace there during the 2014 iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series, but for some reason I was never able to bring home good results with the FW31 on this track. During the race preparation I was able to build a setup that was fast and easy to drive on the curbs, which is crucial at Interlagos.
On my first flying qualification lap I drove somewhat too cautiously: I was already almost 4 tenth behind my personal best after only 4 corners. I then decided to take more riks in my second flying lap: the first section of the lap was almost perfect, I lost some time in the twisty middle section and had a bad exit out of the last corner, compromising an easy top ten. Nevertheless I finished 10th on my server and 14th on the grid.
Concerning the race there isn’t much to say … unfortunately. I knew that 35 cars rushing into the first left hand corner at Interlagos usually ends up in a big mayhem. I knew that all the drivers, including the newly promoted Pro drivers, usually want to show their best in the first race of the season and often forget that a race cannot be won in the first corner. I also knew that being located in the front-mid pack is a dangerous situation as you can be hit in the back without having any opportunity to avoid it. I decided to start very cautiously leaving a gap in front of me to let me enough time to react in case of a crash in front of me.
Unfortunately, what I most feared happened: I was read-ended before reaching the first corner. My car was hit several times and had too much damage to even drive straight. This ended my 10 second race. Very disappointing as I had the pace for a top 10! On the positive side my team mates could finish the race: Alex finished in 24th position despite technical issues and Sebastian in 22th position.
Being the first driver to end my race I am now in 35th position in the championship, which is my worst standing so far in iWCGPS. Hopefully I will be able to recover in the next races.
Gratz to Aleksi and the podium.