British Grand Prix
It was a huge crowd at Silverstone – unbelievable number at spectators. Grandstands with no free places were a clear sign of how British fans enjoy Formula One. This year track layout was changed – and new one looks better for me with slow technical section and as a whole.
In general week-end ran positively for us, car’s behavior improved from session to session. Mark and Ayao, our engineers, altered setup significantly between Friday free practices, which led to better handling and more downforce. Silverstone is a circuit, where good setup is crucial, and in race the car also felt good.
It’s a shame we had some issues with fuel pick-up system in Q2. We got behind schedule on second run, I faced some traffic and couldn’t go through. Real disappointment, because we had pace to be in Q3. We were confident and even chose prime tyres for first part of session while our rivals from BMW-Sauber and Toro Rosso used option. I’m sure if Q2 went straightforward for us it was absolutely possible to score points at Silverstone and finish from 7th to 10th.
This time I started from 15th on the grid and had some wheelspin when lights went out. Then a lost one place in first turn, but a bit later overtook Nico Hulkenberg and Sebastien Buemi at Becketts and finished the first lap in P12. But we all know, how difficult to overtake on British track during the race…
We got a lucky break with the Safety Car, and I was running in P10 when it went back in. I tried to keep Vettel behind me for a few laps, but even though he got past, I was still optimistic that I could score points. Then suddenly I heard my engineer on the radio, telling me to pit because I had a slow puncture. That extra pit stop ended any chance I had of finishing in the points.
Now it’s a time for preparation to German event at Hockenheim. It looks like we have very interesting week-end ahead with SuperSoft and Hard tyre compounds. With no doubts car’s behavior will change dramatically after the pit-stop.
And I have one more important mission between Grand Prixes – there is a visit to Russia in my schedule. There I will drive Formula One car around the Kremlin and meet with fans. Looking forward to it.