That was an excellent debut IfAndOr - and an excellent fastest lap - if you had completed qualifying I am sure you could have been fighting for the podium. We run with full damage and mechanical failures. I haven't had a problem to date with the brakes on this car. I had a lot of trouble with the Lotus 40 - you will need to pit for repairs if your brakes wear out or if you suffer accident damage. You can reduce brake wear by using more engine braking (down shifting slightly early), but don't overdo it or that will cause other failures. Some of the good drivers (i.e. not me) drop their pace slightly to avoid mechanical failures. The starts I find difficult - I start in gear, but idling - some people start at high revs in neutral, then pop the car in gear - I find it difficult to do that and avoid spinning out of control.