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Round 15: Malaysia - Sepang International Circuit (24Jan18 @ 8:15pm AEDT)

AaronWebb85

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Last Season's Results (F1 2014):
1st: El_Majacko
2nd: Dubzzy__
3rd: mightymurph51
Pole: danirox88 (1.37.393)
Fastest Lap: Dubzzy__ (1.40.076)

Pre-race Questions:

1. dreglar recorded his third straight victory in Singapore last race, will he make it a fourth in Sepang?
2. danirox dominated qualifying here last season. Might she grab her first pole of the season this round?
3. With Sepang off the calendar for 2018, this will be one of the last time's we'll be driving the circuit. Does that sadden you, or will you be glad to see the last of the track?
4. Many drivers sight the penultimate corner as the toughest of the season. Do you agree or disagree?
 

El_Majacko

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1. dreglar recorded his third straight victory in Singapore last race, will he make it a fourth in Sepang?
No.
2. danirox dominated qualifying here last season. Might she grab her first pole of the season this round?
She might. Although I'd rate her chances higher in Japan.
3. With Sepang off the calendar for 2018, this will be one of the last time's we'll be driving the circuit. Does that sadden you, or will you be glad to see the last of the track?
Very sad times. Sepang is amongst my favourites.
4. Many drivers sight the penultimate corner as the toughest of the season. Do you agree or disagree?
Disagree, it isn't the most difficult corner on this track, let alone the rest of the calendar.
 

El_Majacko

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Q: 2nd
As you can see from my answer to question 1 above, I came into this race with the mentality that I must beat dreglar to stop his unabated momentum towards my championship lead. Once again however, I disappointed myself in qualifying, when I banked a decent time, but failed to improve on my second run. It's especially frustrating when I'd put in a 1.38.4 just 20 minutes prior, which was 4 tenths better than I managed in the official session.

R: 1st
dreglar made a decent start, minutely better than mine. I planned to go deep and try and outside move at turn 1, but realised dreglar was going too deep himself and cut back for an early lead. craig slipped through as well and briefly held dreglar back. Eventually dreglar overtook craig and caught me, but seemed to be caught in the dirty air until he pitted on lap 7. Instantly I knew he was 2 stopping, and decided not to cover but to stick to my planned 1 stop. I pitted last of the super runners and went to softs. Obviously dreglar had undercut me, but I reduced the margin through the next stint as we both had to overtake the soft starting kidbyers. dreglar pitted again and emerged P5 I believe. I knew he'd have a difficult time catching back up, particularly with cars to pass for position. I was happy I had a decent gap to Maznat in second as I needed to start conserving the tyres. I did a Prost and measured the gap home to win by just over a second. Happily Maznat finished ahead of a charging dreglar to help with my points cause. Commiserations to craig who was running a solid race until a late accident, and congrats to alex on a season high finish!
 
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