10 Points from Mugello

As the British F3 championship came to Mugello for its first visit I was very confident of a good weekend. The weekend got off to a perfect start as I was able to set the fastest time in the first session almost seven tenths faster than the second place driver. I confirmed my good start with 3rd place in the second session.

Unfortunately in qualifying one I narrowly missed the top 3, qualifying in 4th place. In qualifying two I qualified in 5th place. Overall I was not very satisfied with my qualifyings as I believe we had the pace to be at the front. Still I was very confident for the races where a good start was going to be very important.

My start to race one was extremely good, just as I needed it. Heading towards the first corner the leading four cars were abreast where I held the inside line. Unfortunately it proved to be too tight for the four of us and there was short contact between at least three of us. All of us managed to escape the situation without crashing which almost seems a miracle. As we then braked into the first corner I was braking on the damp inside line (the track had only just dried on the racing line), this gave me a very strong stab of oversteer which I could not fully control anymore and therefore ended my race in the gravel of turn one.

The second race started in very wet conditions and therefore my hardest fight for the first six laps was to see something as my visor kept fogging up. At this time I was lying in sixth place following two cars closely. On lap seven most of my problems disappeared at once, the two cars I was following touched and spun out. So I made up two places and gained free visibility. From this moment onwards I was able to push hard and close the gap to the 3rd place driver. However I had lost too much time at the beginning with my visibility problems and so I had to settle for 4th place and solid 10 points. Still I was able to set the second fastest lap of the race narrowly missing out on the extra point for fastest lap.

The outcome of this weekend was certainly less than I expected, however I will now concentrate on making amends during the races in Silverstone next weekend. My experience of the Silverstone International Circuit is limited to the three hour test session held during the official British F3 media day in April this year. Still, this test gives me reason to be confident as I ended the short session in 5th place less than two tenths away from the leader. Since then I strongly believe the team and myself have made the necessary progress to fight for the wins and podiums this weekend, which will be my aim.

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