Hey all, I just had the most epic weekend at Spa Francorchamps (on F1 2012) and thought i'd share some of the (virtual) petrol-ly goodness. I chose to be Fernando, because i felt like being the best driver on the planet. (hehe) _____________________________________________________ Strategy: Start: Options Pit 1: Lap 15 (Primes) Pit 2: Lap 32 (Options) Fuel: Aggressive (-3 laps at the start) _____________________________________________________ Track: Spa-Francorchamps Driver: Fernando Alonso AI: Legend Weather: 0% chance of rain Pole lap: 1:48.768 (F. Alonso) Fastest race lap: 1:52.185 (M. Webber) Race Day: Starting from pole, i got a relatively good launch, bogged down a little, but didnt get any wheel spin. I made it to the first corner with a small dosage of KERS in first place. Got a good exit out of La Source hairpin, whilst the cars behind had a trip off the track (as you can see in the video below) and steadily rejoined the bustling swarm of cars. On the first lap I pulled away from everyone but Hamilton. After the opening few laps, it was clear to me that this was going to be a battle of two titans Hamilton vs Alonso, as we were light years quicker than everyone else. _________________________________________________________________________________________ Lewis wasn't giving me any room to breathe, and since his Mclaren was geared with a longer 7th gear, his DRS straight line speed was much greater than mine, thus he was able to get passed me in the DRS zone quite easily. However, i had the advantage for the rest of the track as my 7th gear was "more punchy" (as Brundle likes to say) so i could catch him on the straights that didn't have DRS. However, my DRS was rendered useless because i was banging on the rev limiter at 320kph, and thus couldn't get him there. As you can see here: _________________________________________________________________________________________ Closer and closer i would get, but to no avail, my car just didnt have enough grunt to get passed him on the Kemmel straight. This continued for several laps. Then the single greatest, most balls-out, overtake i've ever done happened. On Lap 11, I gained on him along the start/finish straight, and took a wider entry into La Source, thus I was able to straighten the car out sooner and get on the loud pedal. I used more than three quarters of my KERS allowance for the lap, because i knew this was the time that i would have my vengeance. And how sweet it was. Just as Webber did to Alonso in 2011, and Raikkonen to Schumacher in 2012, I was able to slipstream and carry a heap more speed into Eau Rouge, and pass him just as i got to the bottom of the corner, just edging him out. That was easily the best overtake I've ever done, and Hamilton seemed a tad bewildered by it because he dropped back a fair way. And you can see it here ________________________________________________________________________________________ From then on, Lewis appeared to be in Fuel saving mode. Lewis pitted on Lap 14, i found that strange since my tyres still had plenty of life in them, but i elected to pit one lap later, just to stick to my strategy that i had planned before the race. So trundled into the pits (my apologies for the sound of the car, this game seems to have bugged sound when you go into the pits in replay mode, the car has a constant rev of the pit limiter), and my team were there to put on a fresh set of boots (Primes). The stop itself was good, 3.4 seconds. I emerged from the pitlane just ahead of Hamilton (+3 seconds) and continued to build a gap between us two. ________________________________________________________________________________________ However some laps later, he overtook me again along the DRS assisted Kemmel Straight. He was able to get a bit of gap from there because i made a mistake through Pouhon, and lost about 2-3 seconds. But i eventually caught back up to him with some rich fuel mix running.