Re: Spanish GP - Saturday Practice & Qualifying
Posted by: Pancho Pepe
Date: 12 May, 2012 21:28
Well guys, its a total party-like atmosphere in Caracas, after learning of Pastor's pole.
Local TV commentators very emotional in describing Pastor's thought to be P2, which was historical for Venezuelans.
Ever since we watched our Johnny Cecotto in 1984 partner a rookie which had the same last name as Bruno, we all dream of having one of our own make it in F1.
Pastor has made it big time, finally.
The Reverend's superb drive, might finally shut the mouths of the many who doubted his skills, his will and his perseverance. No more "pay driver" crap, I hope.
I've been following Pastor since his Formula Renault years, I never doubted the kid was one day going to be up front in F1.
His recent, current and future achievements, prove that his sponsors, i.e. the people and government of Venezuela, were right in investing in him.
Sorry for sounding so emotional. But man, we F1 fans here have spent decades cheering for the Brazilians, and then for Juan Pablo Montoya... so now, to celebrate a P1 from one of our own almost bring tears to our eyes.
Thanks to you all who have supported the boy since he became part of the team. Its been hard, trust me, I know. The circumstances of his arrival into F1, were controversial, especially after Williams let Hulk go, instead of Rubens, to make room for Maldy. But for those like me who have never doubted Pastor's talent, this result is not unexpected.
Now, can he win? yes he can! Remember that statistically, to win in Barcelona, you must start from pole.
Williams has had excellent race pace, what we needed was some decent qualifying performance. At least in Pastor's FW34, we've got that (Dunno WTF is wrong with the Senna part of the team, though, and I refuse to speculate or bad mouth Bruno, whom I trust will keep delivering strong points).
My only concern is that we did use those soft tyres a bit more than, say, downunderman Mark Webber. However, Pastor did fewer Q2 laps than many others in softs, so we might still have enough rubber.
Anyways. I'm happy everyone is now saying now that Williams is back!
Pastor said the team atmosphere is one of great optimism, so I think this can only help us stay inspired and minimize errors for the race.
Last thing, more than happy I am also relieved. I can only imagine what Pastor is feeling. Hopefully, this strong result will be like a spark that ignites a long chain of excellent results for us. For many drivers, a first pole or first win give them a long lasting shot of confidence. I think this is just what Pastor needed to finally set foot in F1 and start challenging the best.
Looking forward to tomorrow, and hoping for a mistake-free race that puts Sir Frank Williams in the podium receiving the constructor's trophy on his 70th birthday, after F1 fans around the world hear the Venezuelan National Anthem "Glory to the Brave People" for the first time with Pastor spraying Mums from the top of the podium.
I guess I'm gonna have to take sleeping pills if I want to sleep tonight.
Congrats to Xevi Pujolar, Coughlan, Gillan, Somerville, and company.
Good times ahead "for sure" as Pastor likes to say.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/05/2012 21:35 by Pancho Pepe.