A tough week-end in Nuerburgring Monday, July 23, 2007 - After my fantastic race in Silverstone where I took a win and 14 points, I started practice at the Nuerburgring with high hopes. After fifteen minutes on the track the dark clouds burst,...
A tough week-end in Nuerburgring
Monday, July 23, 2007 - After my fantastic race in Silverstone where I took a win and 14 points, I started practice at the Nuerburgring with high hopes.
After fifteen minutes on the track the dark clouds burst, the temperature dropped and the weather changed to become really wet and the session was stopped as conditions were too dangerous for the medical helicopter to fly if it was needed. We all drove back to the pits and used this free time to change the tyres and wait.
I was in 12th place after five laps. Obviously with the rain tyres it wasn't easy to improve on that time but as the rain stopped, there were only ten minutes left in the session, the track was really damp. As you know in free practice I'm not always at the top three, so I'm always after practice looking at the car, what we can do. We changed a lot in Silverstone where I was eighth in free practice, we changed for qualifying and we got pole. Here I didn't have the chance to do that, so I think that was the biggest thing that caused the problem because Timo and me are driving a different set-up. This short session prepared us for an interesting qualifying.
Luckily, in qualifying, the track was dry and the sun was shining. I completed thirteen laps.
Fifth was not bad, but I had so much oversteer and we have to look why. One the first set of tyres I couldn't do any good times and we changed something on the car for the second set and it was better but still very inconsistent: oversteer and understeer. I was not too happy, and I was feeling that something was wrong with the balance. I had a problem with my second set of tyres and was understeering a lot, and we have to look why. After I did my quickest lap, so we just have to look what went wrong because I lost too much time. May be it was the strong winds. My only hope is that from fifth position a podium is always possible.
The start of the 35 lap race was a bit delayed because of the Hamilton accident in F1 qualifying. Then it proved messy and I lost a few positions. From fifth I was eighth in the first lap. I went for an early stop on lap three that brought me back to 16th position ahead of Nicolas Lapierre. Four laps later, I retired. The engine was obviously not fine. The team checked immediately and there was some water spilling out of it. What a shame because everything seemed good after the last race.
Let's see what Hungary in two weeks time on August 6, will bring us!