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This was my second race with KERS, and in the previous races (that there are no reports for), I had finished OK, usually just outside the points. But today was going to be different… I was determined to get a good finish, I had my strategy worked out, and things were looking good, until it started raining. That’s right. This was my first wet race, and it put me well down the starting grid.

Somehow though, I started to gain huge amounts of time, and I quickly figured out that my drivers have really good wet weather driving skill. On every stint I was gaining, and I had intended to pit every 10 laps. This worked great until lap 40, when I decided to switch strategy and run hard tires until the end of the race, not stopping on lap 50 like I had planned to.

But then, on lap 50, came the rain again…

I was forced to pit for wets, and lost enormous time because I had been on cold hard tires, and full of fuel for 10 laps, I effectively wasted those laps and that stint, and that’s what dropped me out of a points finish.

On wets, I was flying. Over the last 10 laps I gained a lot of time, but not enough for a points finish. But I did feel I had a good wet weather driving team… Maybe next time?

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