So I had hoped to be able to get back to you on a positive note after Long Beach, but... well, shit happens. In fact we had more than our fair share of it over the weekend, as you probably all saw.
Honestly, we felt that we were as quick as anyone out there at Long Beach. Well, okay, probably not quick enough to beat Sebastien Bourdais to pole, but second to fourth was so tight - Justin Wilson, Bruno Junqueira and AJ Allmendinger were covered by four hundredths - I think that without the crash we had in qualifying, we would have been on the front row, definitely, instead of sixth.
But you know, even from sixth, we'd have had a podium. Watching the race, Justin was anywhere between half a second to a whole second a lap slower than Sebastien, so definitely it would have been a good result for us. We'd have been quicker than Justin, so if we'd have got through on track or in the pits, we'd have been able to hold on to second.
Instead, Sebastien's already 35 points ahead of us. I guess everyone's talking about the first corner shunt, so here it is from my perspective. I got my teammate Mario at the green flag, and when we hit the braking zone for Turn 1, I was about halfway along the inside of Junqueira, but I wasn't looking to pass. I was gonna let him turn in, and follow him through.