“I think the strongest performance we were going to have was at the Norisring, but it rained before qualifying and I had never driven the car in the wet. That hampered us because we were in at least the top three in every session, including the warm-up, and it was all under control. We qualified eighth which wasn't too bad, but then got taken out at the first corner and still managed to set the second-fastest race lap.
“There were a couple of times when we thought 'ok, we've got the pace'; I would say we definitely had the pace to win the first race at Hockenheim, and didn't due to inexperience and some other issues. If you take that into account I think we were in a strong position come the end of the year.
“I now have a year under my belt, and I'm not going in as a rookie anymore; I'm going in as a title contender. Hopefully people will think of me in that way, and I want to make an impact quite soon, score as many points as I can and progress on in the championship. I went in last year expecting to [win races], so hopefully this year what we expect we will do.”
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