We came to Barcelona knowing it was not a BMW circuit. However, the goal was to have a great end to the season.
We only had one free practice session instead of the usual two. It was longer. The car felt good. I finished P5, and was a little disappointed. However, we found out that the fasted driver had decided to put on two sets of new tires! We went straight to qualifying. I managed to drive spot on when the tires had their full grip. I made a slight error, which cost me pole by 6 hundreds of a second. P2 was good enough, and I kept my tires in good form for the qualifying race.
I was a little nervous at the start knowing that the cars behind were faster on the straight. At the first corner I lost my second place, but kept up to speed. On the fourth corner, I decided to take the outside line! I kept my cool, felt the car twitch from behind, counter-steered the oversteer and past the car. I was SUPER pleased! It was then a matter of catching the driver in first. For the next 20 minutes I tried everything, but had to settle with P2! I was out – mentally and physically drained!
Then main race started horribly. I just did not get the tire pressures up and lost two positions. It took 3 laps before I could fight for 3rd. The first two were gone and had excellent pace. I knew it was going to be impossible to pass them. In turn 4 I caught the car in front and tried the same outside maneuver. As we were side by side half way into the corner the back of the car slide. I thought I could control the slide, but it was too much and the car spun and into the gravel I went. At that point the race was over but I knew I could accomplish one more thing! The marshals pulled me out and I was able rejoin the race. I went on “super” attack mode! I had one last thing to prove! At the end of the race I was congratulated for the fasted lap of the race – over a second quicker! Job done.
2018 is over. I will get my crown on November 24 in Paris!
I will take this opportunity to thank all my supporters. See you in 2019.