08.12.22 NL Blog
Abu Dhabi GP: The story behind my weekend
“I was honestly pleased at the prospect of a wet qualifying today. I was curious to see how the rain would affect track conditions and whether it would give me an edge.
In the event, what I faced was unlike anything I’ve experience before. There was so little grip, it was way less than anything I could have imagined – like 100 times worse!
It was very difficult to get any proper heat in the tyres, and it didn’t really matter how the car was set-up, or how many set-up changes I made. In such a crazy session I wasn’t able to post a proper representative lap. The only one I was able to get in was just before the red flag – when the rain was absolutely torrential. There were puddles everywhere and it was more like a lake than a race track.
So, qualifying was one to forget, but I’m still looking forward to tomorrow when I think anything is up for grabs.
This track has so little grip, whether it’s wet, dry, or drying, that the race is going to be very unpredictable. Fingers crossed I can take advantage of that and capitalise on any opportunities that come my way.
Before signing off, I must pass on my congratulations to Lance. He did a brilliant job in the session and it’s great to see Canada represented like that on the global stage. A huge well done to him and I hope it won’t be long until I’m doing the same.”
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