Weird, isn't it, how when we've had two races on back-to-back weekends, my next Paul Position has had to cover both of them, but still I've sat here wondering whether I'd have enough to say to fill the space. I mean, I'm running out of ways to tell you how I struggled on red tyres, went well on black tyres, and then saw my weekend flushed down the toilet.
And yet now, I've just had a pretty good race but ended up with only a sixth place... but I've got loads to talk about. I guess if you saw the race coverage from Denver - and if you haven't, I'd strongly recommend you watch a repeat or get a copy - you'll have a reasonable idea why this time around, I've got a lot to say.
First of all, I'm proud to say that in Denver, I kept my new commitment to left-foot braking. I did it all weekend, and was pretty happy with how it went. As we talked about in the last column, the medium-speed corners are the tricky ones, where you're braking quite hard but not slamming them the pedal to the floor. Sensitivity is the key. As a result, I had a couple of small spins in practice, but when it was all going right, it was definitely faster for me in Denver. On race day, when I had to make a lot of passing manoeuvres and brake off the racing line, it was a definite advantage.
I left myself with a bit of work to do on Saturday, because in Friday qualifying I spun and missed the rest of the session before I'd set a flying lap. I went into Turn 5 a little too deep on the brakes, had a bit of a lock-up going in, missed the entry by about a foot and a half, went on to opposite lock trying to hold on to it and just ran out of real estate. It's very, very easy to do on that corner, and it's so slippery off line that once the rear of the car's gone, your chances of catching it are pretty remote.