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Brands Hatch didn't provide quite the positive results it did for me last year, we've had somewhat of a frustrating and confusing weekend. Nevertheless, I have moved back into second in the drivers' championship.
On Friday we were instantly quick, even on old tyres. We waited a while before we put the new tyres on and went second, and then we made some adjustments and set the fastest time an F3 car has ever done around here. So with the car running well, we decided to not to do anything before qualifying on Saturday. If you're in a car that has just broken the track record for that category, there's not really much reason to change it.
I went out on Saturday - I don't believe the track changed much over night - and suddenly I had incredible amounts of oversteer, which caused me to drop off about nine tenths from my best time the previous day. I really don't understand how that could have happened. Then in the second qualifying session, we lost just over a second on my best time.
I'm very disappointed obviously, something has happened to the car which we don't really understand. I wouldn't exclude the fact that there may have been an issue with the tyres. As a driver, the car felt as though I was running on a set of last years tyres on the rear; they went off so quickly and provided no grip, no stability.
We're testing this week at Pembrey and we'll definitely be looking into this set up and trying to work out what happened this weekend. We'll also be looking at some other development plans which we've wanted to try out for a while, so I'm looking forward to that.
It's good to get back into second in the championship, but obviously it would have been better to do that with a couple of podium positions and maybe a race win, which under normal circumstances we've shown we're capable of. There maybe people in the pit lane that think we ran the car light on Friday or did something else to the car, but it's just not the case. The car was scrutineered straight after my fast lap on Friday, and we changed nothing between then and the first qualifying session on Saturday.
It's frustrating, but that's just the way it is sometimes. I started eighth in both races and managed to makes up places in both to finish fifth and seventh, which is an achievement. We're looking forwards now and I'm more determined than ever to get back on the podium in Spa where I had my first British F3 win last year.