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Round 4: Azerbaijan - Baku City (10Oct18 @ 9pm EDT)

AaronWebb85

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Last Season's Results: 
1st: Darklol
2nd: bobino12
3rd: Tron4949
Pole: Darklol (01:41.281)
FL: Tron4949 (01:44.000)

Pre-Race Interview:
1. How was your start of this new season ? Have you met your expectations so far ?
2. Do you like this next track and can you get a good results here ?
3. Which driver has surprised you the most so far this season ?
 

moogleslam

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1. How was your start of this new season ? Have you met your expectations so far?

It's been a roller coaster.  I started off telling my teammate I had very little plans to practice, and I was super rusty and super slow when the game came out, having been away from sim racing for ~3 years.  I surprised myself by actually enjoying the practice more than I thought I would, and I've put a lot of time into the game.  It's come a long way compared to F1 2014 which is the last one I played much of.  Consequently, I started off the season with a little more pace then I expected, and it's improved at a faster rate than I thought it would too, having qualified 7th, 6th, and then 3rd.  Unfortunately, my races haven't gone so well; destroyed car, damaged front wing, destroyed front wing, for a DNF, 10th, and 6th respectively.  The first two results were not my fault at least, and I had the pace to have a nice recovery in the third race.  It'll get better.

2. Do you like this next track and can you get a good results here?

F1 2018 was the first time I raced at Baku, but I think it's a circuit I'm going to love.  Obviously, being a street circuit, enclosed in barriers, means it shares some traits with Monaco, and I have an unhealthy love for that circuit.  Unfortunately, this will be the first race I go into with low expectations as I just got back from vacation last night and will be no where near up to pace come race night.  If I can keep it clean, maybe there's a small chance of points, but not much more.

3. Which driver has surprised you the most so far this season?

It's been so long since I raced here that I don't know most of the drivers, so hard to answer!  Dark, Megaman, iceman, Pat, Kev, Bobino, crizano might the only guys I've raced with coming into this?  Maybe I've recruited a few others.  crizano might even be the only one I did a whole season with in the same division.  I really want to go back and get all my old results organized, and I will at some point, so I can remember all this.  I guess Dark has surprised me the most.  I've checked PRL from time to time, and I know he's been winning the majority of races, but he's about a second faster than me in qualifying, which is ridiculous, even if I am rusty.  Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't you start in Division 2?  Did you even win that, or did Nick?  Either way, you've come a long way, and I doubt it's all just that Thrustmaster wheel :)
 

Darklol

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PJ, I started with you in Div 1 on F1 2013. It was a full season, I finished second in the standings for my rookie year and won only one race it was Japan. The one winning everything back then was GTBalla.
 

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Darklol said:
PJ, I started with you in Div 1 on F1 2013. It was a full season, I finished second in the standings for my rookie year and won only one race it was Japan. The one winning everything back then was GTBalla.

Oh, well, I obviously don't remember anything very well! :)
 

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Does tire wear scale these days? i.e., if a tire lasts 20 laps in a 100% distance race, does it only last 10 laps in a 50% distance race, or is it the same 20 laps?

I'm just thinking, if it doesn't scale, I wish it would, so that we're forced to be more creative and varied with out strategies, and just so we have more pit stops which are always adding some excitement. Really, there should just be a multiplayer setting for this; Tire Scaling: Yes | No
 

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Pre-Race Interview:
1. How was your start of this new season ?Encouraging ! Have you met your expectations so far ? nope still too many mistakes but at least I don't destroy my car each time
2. Do you like this next track and can you get a good results here ? I find this track very difficult so no I'm not expecting much at this one
3. Which driver has surprised you the most so far this season ? The leading pack is much tighter this season but I have to go with bobino , I've raced with him since he entered the league and he is climbing up the standings season after season. I also know him a bit and I know he works very hard for his races
 

Sucuri

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1. How was your start of this new season ? Have you met your expectations so far ?
Not great. First DNF in two seasons for the opening race, lap 1 shenanigans for the second, Ferrari is playing catchup now.

2. Do you like this next track and can you get a good results here ?
One of my favorite tracks, its feels great to dial in and pull precise lap after lap. The chicane in the castle section is made of dreams when you get it right!

3. Which driver has surprised you the most so far this season ?
Definitely Bobino, he had been improving a lot last season, and definitely found some pace in F1 2018.
 

Bobino12

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1. How was your start of this new season ? Have you met your expectations so far ?
Pretty good honestly. I made no major mistakes nor I was struck by broken wings or so. China was a great deception but I got over that quickly. That's only a game afterall…!. I would say that my expectations were lower than the results i've got so far because there's so good drivers in that league.

2. Do you like this next track and can you get a good results here ?
I enjoy driving on street tracks like this one. You need to stay calm and drive cautiously because you'll get into the wall. I Always got pretty good results here because I like the precision it is necessary to have here.

3. Which driver has surprised you the most so far this season ?
There's some like Moogleslam which I never raced with before and he didn't race last three years. But my choice is Megaman because this guy got so stellar lap times in Time Trials and pretty good results until now even if he missed last season. Impressive because he's got much more pace this season.
 

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Mistakes in qualifying resulted in a starting position further back than expected.
Decent start but with bad racing incidents to follow. Locked into the wall by another car at Turn 2, no space, crash. After going again, caught out by a car braking into a flat out corner. Terrible race overall for me and others. Not happy.  :|
[youtube]fW4DznYrgUI[/youtube]
 

patlessard

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crizano said:
Mistakes in qualifying resulted in a starting position further back than expected.
Decent start but with bad racing incidents to follow. Locked into the wall by another car at Turn 2, no space, crash. After going again, caught out by a car braking into a flat out corner. Terrible race overall for me and others. Not happy.  :|
[youtube]fW4DznYrgUI[/youtube]

Wow wait till you see my view ... this game has bad sync issues
 

Fruitsalsa

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[youtube]jayaKWlcwxA[/youtube]

I don't usually upload my replays, but I think my first lap view is worth it on that one. There was quite a bit of action on lap 1, with multiple incidents (some of which I did avoid, and others not so much...). The commentaries are provided by Pat (but he's not speaking to himself, my mic wasn't recording).

Overall my race wasn't so bad after lap 1. I was not expecting much from Baku since I don't like street circuit, but I did manage to impress myself as my pace was good for more than 13 consecutive laps (with a partial orange wing)! Finally, my concentration let me down when I was looking in my minimap to avoid impeding on race leaders on lap 15...Orange wing and worned down SS tires (my second pair) put me in the barrier for good.

Still happy with what I managed to do tonight. I was 10th for before my crash, quite an achievement on that circuit!

It seems that we experienced quite a bit of sync issues tonight. Pat was reporting that he was seeing my battlling and overtaking Moogleslam on a few occasion, but I did not see him for the entire race on my screen...
 

Aranir01

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Zephyr said:
Aranir01 said:
CRash turn 2 lap 1      i am sorry if i scrap someone race i didnt see and the cpu frozen lag for like 1 sec in turn 2 lap 1 i think the car been on ghost but if not  its wasnt my attention :( 

ur car did ghost. scared me a lot, but i dont think it hit anyone
oh cool that what i saw ( i.turn ghost ) BUT ok now i know i didnt scrap someone race :) i was so mad about that
 

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Despite the limited practice time this week, I crammed a lot in at the last minute, and felt reasonably good from a pace perspective.  Then Mark and I did a practice, and I lost count of how many incidents and penalties I had.  Wasn't so enthused any more.

Qualifying

Funny story as qualifying started.  I had been playing with my wheel settings last week to try and feel more from the car and tires, particularly the oversteer.  I had my force feedback cranked up to the maximum, and I think all it really did was make the wheel heavy.  This extra force was actually giving me blisters on my thumbs, so after the practice race with Mark, I went and grabbed some cycling gloves, which I did actually use for sim racing many years ago.  Head out on the track in qualifying and realized I can't just try something new at the last minute, so half way through my outlap, I was desperately trying to take them off, but they're all velcro'd around my wrist, and it was no easy task.  Almost crashed so many times on that outlap! :)

Well, that's a whole paragraph, and I haven't even mentioned how my qualifying went!  I had only done 5 total practice laps in qualifying up to that point, and had managed a 1:39.491, but otherwise didn't have much idea of what to expect.  My first hot lap was really bad.  My next was an improvement of over a second for a 1:39.679.  The last, well, it barely got started.  As I was heading down toward turn 1, there were yellow flags, and I saw a car in the run off area, and I think I just got distracted, took the inside too tight, bounced of that wall, then hit the wall on the outside and destroyed my car.

Ultimately, I was reasonably happy with my position of 7th in qualifying.  The time wasn't quite a PB, but it was higher than where I expected to start a few days ago.

Race

The plan was a 1 stop, running the Ultra's until lap 5-6, then pitting for the Soft's and running them until the end.

Good start, and briefly moved into 6th, but I'm still too cautious on the opening lap.  I'm just so determined to avoid any and all incidents, but of course, it's tight around here, so opportunities are scarce anyway.  Fell to 9th, then settled into 8th.  Most of the first lap was good though.  It was clean, and I felt faster than the cars in front of me.  I say "most of the first lap", because I clipped and damaged my front wing at turn 15.  Ugh, not again.  At first I thought I'd keep going to see how it felt, but then I clipped the opposite side of the front wing going through turn 19, so I decided to pit.  Pitting early didn't feel like a huge issue because I could easily run the Soft tire the entire race distance, and still have low wear at the end.  Either my setup or my driving style gave me really low wear here compared to Mark.  I was about a half second away from having Inters fitted when I pitted, but I got the menu option changed just in time!

On the very first turn after exiting the pits, I damaged my front wing yet again.  You have got to be kidding me.  This time, I have to keep going and hope it doesn't lose me too much time.  I can't afford another pit stop.  Maybe there will be a safety car I'm thinking, otherwise, I need to stay out.  By this point, we were already down to 15 drivers after starting with 19, and I was in 12th.  I had Falco Bronzo ahead and I start closing on him pretty quickly.  It was turning into a nice little battle, but then his car jumped, ghosted, and I just drove through him.

Jonathan AI was next ahead and I started closing on him.  I had an easy, albeit, slightly scary pass on him, when he had an accident going through the castle section, he stopped, and I just barely squeezed past.  I was starting to feel better at this point.  We had lost three more drivers from the race, and were now down to 12, so I was starting to think I'd get points if I can just survive, but I was actually back up to 7th already.

Norm was next in my sights, but I also had kub behind, and he was closing.  Kub seemed to have an incident somewhere as the gap increased a lot, but then I too had an incident, and ended up facing backward next to the castle.  Amazingly, no damage, but I did lose 7 seconds getting myself turned around.  Norm pitted on lap 12, and I was into 6th, and when kub pitted a few laps later, I was starting to think I might manage to hold onto 6th until the end since I didn't need to pit again.  I was 22 seconds ahead of the car behind when we had just 9 laps to go.

Then disaster struck.  I damaged my front wing even further.  At first, I did the math and thought I should still go to the end.  I could lose a little over 2 seconds a lap to the car behind, and still hold onto my position, but right at that moment, the Virtual Safety Car was deployed, so I decided to pit since I'd lose less time in the pits than normal, though I did have to wait for them to repair my front wing of course.  I decided to go for Ultra Soft's.  9 laps on them was a stretch, but I figured some of that time would be slow laps behind the VSC.  Of course, as soon as I'm coming into the pits the VSC is over, so there ended up being no advantage to pitting then at all!!  Mark had pitted right before me, and it seemed they weren't quite ready for me.  I think it's usually about 9 seconds to replace a front wing, but this was a bit longer.  The guys who had to replace my front wing weren't there initially, and they just came casually walking over after taking the front wing off the rack.  Really weird.

After all that, I had fallen from 6th to 9th, but I knew I was on fresher tires than the 3 cars I'd just lost positions to, and I immediately got to work, pumping out 1:43's, and I caught and passed Norm before the lap was even over with a DRS boost.

Next was Bobino, and by the end of lap 21, I was ready to make the same pass on him with DRS that I made on Norm.  As we were getting onto the back straight, he tried to slow before the activation zone to let me pass, so he'd get DRS, not me, and while it was a great strategy, I so very nearly hit the back of him because of how much he slowed.  He did indeed get DRS to retake the position he had strategically given up, and he had the inside line for turn 1, but I had a feeling he might go to deep, and he did exactly that.  I just made sure I nailed my braking point, and then cut back under him to make the pass.  7th.

kub was about 12 seconds ahead, and he seemed out of reach, so as my tires started to wear, I decided to stop pushing and instead just focus on maintaining a gap to Bobino behind me.  Last lap and I'm easily holding the position, and heading down the back straight when I clip the inside of turn 19, and slam into the outside, knocking off my wheel.  Race over.  All I could do was hope that some of the drivers behind me were a lap down so they couldn't start their final lap, and yeah, I lost 7th, I lost 8th, but no more at least.  9th.  I think I was just distracted, and already starting to sum up my thoughts on the race.  I'm an idiot.

Summary

At this point, 4 races in, I can call it a trend.  I have bad races.  I have to cut out these mistakes.  I need to take a break from these rollercoasters and just have a really boring and uneventful race.  From turn 3 on lap 2 until turn 18 on the final lap, things were actually really good, even with that extra pit stop that was almost under the VSC.  Just the stuff outside of that was enough to ruin my race.  Still generally fun though.  Some good battles, and I look forward to the race each week!

Not really ready for a break week at all, but I'll get caught up on some video edits and let my thumbs heal :)  Spain is next and while I had my first ever race win there, it's not really one of my favorite circuits.
 
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