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La nona edizione del Campionato Italiano rF1 giunge ormai al termine. Il decimo appuntamento, tenutosi tre settimane fa a Singapore, ha confermato Daniel Kiss e la Twister2Fast4You ad un passo da entrambi i titoli, nonostante la matematica lasci ancora speranze a David Greco e alla Musto Racing. Nella notte di Marina Bay, Muhammed Patel ha ottenuto la sua prima vittoria in carriera su SimRacingZone.net, precedendo il compagno di squadra, nonché leader della classifica, nella seconda doppietta stagionale. Sul terzo gradino del podio è giunto lo stesso Greco, che ha preceduto Marco Conti. In attesa di vivere il penultimo round stagionale, fissato per domani, giovedì 17 marzo, a Suzuka, dove sarà accesissima anche la sfida per il terzo posto assoluto, andiamo a leggere i commenti dei tre principali protagonisti di Singapore.

SRZ: It's your first win on SimRacingZone.net. How do you feel after this great race in Singapore?

M.P.: "Relief more than anything else, there were some other races that I was close, and the middle of the season was very hard after being involved in two accidents that weren’t my fault. Finally I didn’t fail qualifying so badly, and I had fortune to avoid T1 accident that gave me this opportunity."

SRZ: You seemed to be very fast on this track. Do you like it more than the other ones? Your win is the perfect mix of strategy and speed, what do you think about Bigazzi's choice of 3 stops?

M.P.: "It’s not that I love it or hate it, but it was challenging so it was a bit more exciting to drive, street circuits are always a different challenge. I enjoyed driving in Singapore, especially the first stint of the race where myself and Bigazzi were pushing very hard, but then the strategic aspect came in to play as you say – where I went for mediums and was managing pace and tyres. I was half expecting Bigazzi to try a three stop strategy, because when he was on options and myself on primes, in the second stint he didn’t have a chance, only on pit exit, and with the huge gap we had over Dani it was a free gamble. However, I was managing tyres initially in the stint, in case he did try a three stop or had very good wear on primes, so after he pitted I was increased my pace a few tenths."

SRZ: You have now made an important jump in the driver standings, but, more important, is the team standing, where Twister2Fast4You is really near to the title. Do you think your mate and you could mathematically win in Suzuka?

M.P.: "It depends on whether I can attend Suzuka, I will be pretty overloaded with university work, but I think Dani just needs two races where he finishes in the top10 and he will be champion, the sooner – of course the better for him."

SRZ: As expected, you did not push hard in Singapore, but simply managed to get to the end. Talk us about your amazing fight against Greco after the first pit-stop. Did you feel able to fight for the win until you found the Musto Racing driver ahead?

D.K.: "I wish I could say that I didn't push hard, but unfortunately I was struggling in Singapore, so that's why I was a lot slower than my teammate for example. I just once again capitalized on the mistakes of the drivers in front of me. I wouldn't really say that I tried to fight David, because I had too much to lose so I wasn't even trying really hard to overtake him because I knew that I had track position on him anyway after his pit stop, it just came later than what I expected, he really surprised me with 1 stop strategy. I just wanted to get to the finish, he was trying to force me to make a mistake, but I know him, so I expected that and therefore I tried to take it easier on him. I'm sure that I would have been more aggressive with him if we were in this situation a few races ago. Winning was never on the plate this time, Mo and Bigazzi were too far ahead, I was only looking at P3."

SRZ: You still have more than 30 points on Greco in the driver standing: will you achieve the title in Suzuka? And what about the team one?

D.K.: "That's what I was looking at, I wanted to keep the gap above 30 points to him and I was able to do that, so I'm happy. Hopefully, I can beat David at Suzuka, and then the title is mine. That's what I've been working for the whole season. But I won't get too depressed if I don't win it at Suzuka, I basically just have to finish the next two races. We have a huge gap in the constructors' as well, we can't fail it from here, we have to take that, too!"

SRZ: Visti i tempi sul giro in qualifica ed il passo gara, il terzo posto è probabilmente quanto di più ti potessi aspettare. Nonostante le difficoltà su un tracciato così ostico, hai avuto modo di ingaggiare una splendida lotta con Kiss, forse decisiva per il titolo. Entrambi siete stati molto bravi e corretti, raccontacela un po'.

D.G.: "Ero partito con l'intento di divertirmi, perchè non avevo girato quasi per niente, e non avevo il setup su misura per me, e non mi interessava neanche più di tanto cercare di vincere onestamente. Quindi divertirmi era l'unico obbiettivo. Ho scelto appunto di fare la peggiore strategia possibile proprio per assicurarmi il divertimento, e devo dire che è stata la decisione giusta. Con Kiss hoavuto una lotta bellissima, al limite ma sempre pulita, mi sono divertito molto, anche se sapevo fosse impossibile tenerlo dietro, ma appunto, mi volevo divertire. Spero si sia divertito anche lui, ma probabilmente si è messo un po' di paura. Non potevo lasciargli strada libera :) "

SRZ: Viste le classifiche, le ultime due tappe stagionali sono probabilmente da considerare per la gloria personale. Tu e Conti tenete a chiudere in bellezza o state ormai attendendo la fine? Con quale spirito andrete in Giappone e Brasile?

D.G.: "Sinceramente vogliamo fare bene, però siamo molto impegnati con il lavoro, io personalmente questa settimana ho delle persone in ufficio, e quindi molte riunioni, e mi pare di capire che anche Marco abbia più o meno questa problematica. La volontà c'e', purtroppo manca il tempo."

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