First and foremost, I wanted to win so as to keep my title chances on track. Coming into this race, I had closed to within 2 points of Button, reigniting what after Hungary was starting to seem like a lost cause. Momentum was needed now, and the practice sessions proved to be quite good, as did qualifying – I took pole once more, and in doing so, came to realise that I have in fact taken pole at every race so far this season – I hadn’t set out to do so, and it’s not crucial that I continue to do so, but it would be nice!
Not for the first time this season, I got a better start than I usually do – I lost out to the lead to Mark Webber but at the first corner I was able to wrestle it back.
My lead lasted until lap 2, when I ran wide into the chicane that made up the first corner, but I once again elbowed Webber out of the way to get back into the lead, and from there, pulled steadily away. I had gone for a two-stop strategy, unlike my usual three-stopper, and this proved quite easy – two longish stints on hard tyres and one quick sprint on the softs saw out a comfortable victory – a victory that also saw me tie on points with Button with four rounds to go.
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