Timo Glock: Stay cool, go easy, don't think about it. Timo Glock gives us a lesson in level-headedness after closing in on the title in today's race in Valencia. GP2 Series: Timo, first things first: talk me through what happened at...
Timo Glock: Stay cool, go easy, don't think about it.
Timo Glock gives us a lesson in level-headedness after closing in on the title in today's race in Valencia.
GP2 Series: Timo, first things first: talk me through what happened at the start and the opening laps of the race.
Timo Glock: I mean it was quite a difficult decision [to start on wet tyres], for me especially, because you're fighting for the championship, it's still wet out there, a couple of guys are trying on slicks, and I tried it on wets because it's the safe way, and it started to come down again. At the start it was quite easy for the guys with slicks to overtake us, and I think they were six or seven seconds a lap quicker. We didn't have any chance, and then it started to rain again: Lucas changed tyres quite early and he lost the car at that moment, so I think it was the right decision to play it safe and stay out on wets for two or three laps. And at the end we did a mistake on the radio, because I tried to talk to Richard my engineer, and he tried to talk to me, and we couldn't get any messages through about whether to come in or not, so we stayed out for one more lap which cost us five or six seconds. But at the end I think we were quite strong and fought back pretty hard to be in the points and in a good position tomorrow, and it worked out. It was a bit of a shame at the end because I tried to overtake Soucek but there was a yellow flag, so at the end I said bring it home safe and I'll try to win it tomorrow!
GP2 Series: It was quite odd watching you in the middle stint, clearly trying to work out whether to stay conservative or not: when did the team tell you Lucas was out of the race?
Timo: At that moment when he spun in the gravel, and then one lap later I saw the car in the gravel, so I just said stay cool, go easy, do your job as normal and don't think about it, and that's it.
GP2 Series: And then you had the fightback, took a few positions, claimed a few points: without tempting fate, and we say that you've got one hand on the title now?
Timo: Ha! I don't say this: I was 18 points ahead, 11 points ahead, and it never worked out! So I just take it easy tomorrow and try to bring it home, and that's it. I mean, everything is possible: the possibility is that we are in P2 on the starting grid and Luca is on P20 is a difference, but I don't care: we've had so many crazy races in GP2 and I think everything is possible until the chequered flag comes out!
GP2 Series: Does this mean a conservative race for you tomorrow?
Timo: That's what I did today as well: I drove maybe 80% today because we had a little bit of a problem with the downshifts today, and hopefully we'll get that sorted out for tomorrow because I think we know where the problem is, but we just want tomorrow a race with no problems. We'll just see how the start is going, and stay out of trouble: that's it.
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