You let decide your engineer decide. He asks you to start out conservatively with a set of the medium rubber and do a few installation laps.
After you’ve done what your engineer asked, you head back in and give the all clear to your mechanics. They’ve done an excellent job rebuilding your car. You head back out, ready to do some long stints.
You feel the fresh [Renault] engine in the back performing great, but you don’t want to jinx it. Lap by lap, you are steadily improving while you gain confidence in both the car and its engine. Your engineer on the radio asks you if everything feels alright, and you respond positively and say you might even want to go for a fast run.
Your engineer agrees. Just before the session ends, you go out one last time on a new set of super soft tires. You turn up the engine mode somewhat ready to record your final laptime of the session.
Your time is good for a fifth place in the ranking, one place above your teammate.
Time for lunch! You wonder whether the caterer has prepared anything other than the usual low-carb drivel, but you quickly find out that it is not the case, again. Begrudgingly, you scoop the salad onto your plate, and take a seat on one of the benches.
“Good job mate,” you hear a familiar voice say behind you.
You turn around. It’s Daniels’. You feel his words mocking you while he dons his annoying ear-to-ear smile.
“Thanks,” you say, “you weren’t bad either.” You know you could’ve been even faster, but you don’t want to start off another fight.
Silently, you finish your salad and prepare to head back into the garage.
Your engineer approaches and asks you what program you want to do for this second session.
- Ask your engineer for his opinion again.
- Say you want to go fast this time.
- Say you want to go steady this time.