From Hockenheim to Budapest!
So, before Hockenheim, this time last week, I was sure that the bad luck in qualifying must have come to an end. Surely nothing else could go wrong? Well my bad luck streak hadn’t come to an end as I hoped.
The track was wet until half way through the qualifying session and I was in P3. Then a stone severed my alternator/water pump belt and I had to retire the car. The track dried rapidly and everyone else was able to get laps on slick tyres whilst I was stuck in the pits. I dropped down to P27.
In the race I was hit and spun round, so had to get going again and chase the field from dead last (P31) with damaged steering. I made it up to P19 at the checkered flag, but I was disappointed and frustrated that another race where I was confident that I could get a great result had been ruined.
Of course none of these events are connected and no-one is to blame, it’s just a run of poor luck, so I’m pressing RESET once again for this weekend at the Hungaroring. The race car is good, and we know the circuit, having tested there recently, so let’s see what we can do! Once again the weather may play a part, as it’s always really hot in Budapest and there are also some storms forecast.
Interesting fact – last week at Hockenheim Porsche tested the cockpit temperature of the cars after the race – 62C! With fireproof underwear, triple layer fireproof suit, balaclava and helmet we’re all fully cooked by the end of each session! No, there’s no air conditioning!
The schedule this weekend is (UK timings):
Friday 27th July: 17:10 Practice
Saturday 28th July: 12:25 Qualifying
Sunday 29th July: 11:35 Race
The race is shown live:
Sky F1 HD and EUROSPORT 2 at 11:30
There is also Live Streaming on the official PORSCHE website and on racecam.de.
Thank you all for your support and messages – it’s great to know you’re supporting me and I’m sorry that at the half way stage, the season so far hasn’t gone to plan! I’ll do my best to turn it around in the remaining 5 races. Special thanks to partners 9 Group, eve, LA Micro, Calteq, Whittlebury Hall, Flying Saucer, Penguin London and Everyone Active.
Whatever you’re doing, have a great weekend.