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Esports: Lucas, Daniele and Shanaka Recap Event Three

November 20, 2020
2020
Esports
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Our drivers share their thoughts on the triple-header of speed

Silverstone, Spa and Monza provided a triple-header that thrilled the fans and challenged the drivers, in what was an eventful round of the F1 2020 Esports Pro Series.

For Lucas, Daniele and Shanaka, it proved to be a difficult Event – once again showcasing the critical role the new-for-2020 qualifying format has had on the racing.

Lucas and Shanaka took on their home race at Silverstone, with the former also racing at Spa and the latter taking on Monza. Daniele meanwhile raced at his home event at Monza, as well as Spa.

After threatening the points in all the races but ultimately falling agonisingly short, our trio share their thoughts on the latest event.

Lucas: “I’m disappointed not to have scored points in this Event, despite all our hard work. Silverstone was a mixed bag, qualifying in P13, which was very close to Q3 in the end. We know where we lost out – these things can happen.

“I lost a lot of places at the start as I was boxed in at Turn 4 by someone divebombing down the outside and it was a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. We recovered to P11, which was a great comeback, and we were so unlucky not to score points.

“At Spa, we just couldn’t put it together in qualifying. The start was great, we gained two places from P18 and started to chase for more, but we got held up with cars stopped at the apex in front of me at the Bus Stop chicane. I couldn’t avoid it – and I ended up damaging my front wing. It was a massive shame as the race pace had felt really strong.

“It's been a difficult few days, but we’re looking to turn the chapter and come back stronger in the last event.”

Shanaka: “Overall, it’s been a tough Event. We expected to score points, but we definitely know where we need to improve ahead of the final round. We’re certainly better than the qualifying results we had – we were capable of Q2 and perhaps Q3 across all the drivers.

“We missed out at the critical moment, but the positive is that we have almost a month to work on things and improve for next time. We’re consistently showing that we have very strong race pace, so we just need to find those little margins in qualifying so we can put it all together and get the results we think we’re capable of.

“We’ve seen this year that it’s extremely difficult to recover after a tricky qualifying, so we want to hit the ground running in the last Event. I’m confident we’ll do so.”

Daniele: “Today was a shame as my Q1 effort showed how much pace there was – I was in P6 and I had saved the tyre. I was then looking strong at first in Q2, but the lap wasn’t quite perfect for Q3 – we missed out by such a small margin.

“We started P13, and I tried to do everything I could to get into the points but we ended up in P11 before the penalties were applied in the field. We lost out at the start due to a glitch, I lost a place, and it put me on the backfoot. That glitch proved very costly when the DRS train at Monza is so crucial.

“I’m unhappy with my performance at Spa, we didn’t qualify well and it was very difficult to make up places, despite the race pace we showed. The important thing across my two races is that the pace is clearly there, but things aren’t falling our way in qualifying.

“Hopefully the luck will change in our direction and we can have a strong end to the season in Event Four.”

Our drivers share their thoughts on the triple-header of speed

Silverstone, Spa and Monza provided a triple-header that thrilled the fans and challenged the drivers, in what was an eventful round of the F1 2020 Esports Pro Series.

For Lucas, Daniele and Shanaka, it proved to be a difficult Event – once again showcasing the critical role the new-for-2020 qualifying format has had on the racing.

Lucas and Shanaka took on their home race at Silverstone, with the former also racing at Spa and the latter taking on Monza. Daniele meanwhile raced at his home event at Monza, as well as Spa.

After threatening the points in all the races but ultimately falling agonisingly short, our trio share their thoughts on the latest event.

Lucas: “I’m disappointed not to have scored points in this Event, despite all our hard work. Silverstone was a mixed bag, qualifying in P13, which was very close to Q3 in the end. We know where we lost out – these things can happen.

“I lost a lot of places at the start as I was boxed in at Turn 4 by someone divebombing down the outside and it was a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. We recovered to P11, which was a great comeback, and we were so unlucky not to score points.

“At Spa, we just couldn’t put it together in qualifying. The start was great, we gained two places from P18 and started to chase for more, but we got held up with cars stopped at the apex in front of me at the Bus Stop chicane. I couldn’t avoid it – and I ended up damaging my front wing. It was a massive shame as the race pace had felt really strong.

“It's been a difficult few days, but we’re looking to turn the chapter and come back stronger in the last event.”

Shanaka: “Overall, it’s been a tough Event. We expected to score points, but we definitely know where we need to improve ahead of the final round. We’re certainly better than the qualifying results we had – we were capable of Q2 and perhaps Q3 across all the drivers.

“We missed out at the critical moment, but the positive is that we have almost a month to work on things and improve for next time. We’re consistently showing that we have very strong race pace, so we just need to find those little margins in qualifying so we can put it all together and get the results we think we’re capable of.

“We’ve seen this year that it’s extremely difficult to recover after a tricky qualifying, so we want to hit the ground running in the last Event. I’m confident we’ll do so.”

Daniele: “Today was a shame as my Q1 effort showed how much pace there was – I was in P6 and I had saved the tyre. I was then looking strong at first in Q2, but the lap wasn’t quite perfect for Q3 – we missed out by such a small margin.

“We started P13, and I tried to do everything I could to get into the points but we ended up in P11 before the penalties were applied in the field. We lost out at the start due to a glitch, I lost a place, and it put me on the backfoot. That glitch proved very costly when the DRS train at Monza is so crucial.

“I’m unhappy with my performance at Spa, we didn’t qualify well and it was very difficult to make up places, despite the race pace we showed. The important thing across my two races is that the pace is clearly there, but things aren’t falling our way in qualifying.

“Hopefully the luck will change in our direction and we can have a strong end to the season in Event Four.”

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