Ran Shanghai. Did practice and quals - managed P12 (Paul Di Resta was only p14) The problem I have is two fold 1- I am slow 2- I eat my tyres. Race started well enough... I switched from options to Primes... 56 lap race.. so 18 laps for the first stint... the rest on Options - 3x12 lap stints. I made my usual sluggish start, got tickled and clunked by a few cars... but no lasting damage to me. I then took bold lines in the twisty first long corners... outside on the left that left me a clear lane to sneak past many who had zapped past from the line. Tur 2 I got a bit of a fight with a Sauber. lost out, but swapped to the inside for the hairpin that starts sector 2... made a couple of places here, that put me in p8! I then pushed and the guys behind just dropped right back. But the guys ahead were moving away. I was in no mans land... until my tyres went off... and I was miles fomr my stop. I soldiered on and was passed by Paul, who had already stopped (He was behind me before he stopped too!) I was miles off the pace. Pitted from Primes again and again tried to make them last. and again I was off the pace, and eating my tyres. Just to top it off my kers system failed for a few laps. I then got my finger out and started lapping solid lap times. But at this point I was way way behind, lapped by the leaders (Hammy and Rosey) - I guess I was too polite with the blue flags. I had been lapping 1m47 - but dropping howlers every so often. Turn1/2/3 is one I was slow at... Lap a Caterham only to have it try to retake you in these twistiy bits... I really needed to sort my lap out. Last two stints I did setting solid laps, 1m42.2, two seconds faster than Paul... but I was the best part of a lap down on him, and most of the race my engineer was growling that I was a second slower than Paul. Got 12th in the end... more laps more ability in the game I hope to manage the tyres. But I think I am doomed to pull one more pit stop to prevent losing a minute in 6 laps running on worn out tyres. Not bad on default set up I guess. Bahrain next... Looking forward to Silverstone. "I eat maggots for breakfast." Actually looking forward to India and Austin as I've yet to run either of them in a Simulator. I wonder what offers I'll get in my Career... the way I am going I may end up paying for a seat at Marussia!