And then today I got to see the new track layout from the driver's point of view. The track really isn't all that bad, nor is it very different now. The turn 9 chicane was opened up a little bit, but not too much, still keeping it as a great possible overtaking zone. Turn 11 is still sharp as ever, but things will be more interesting now with the extra speed that we will be carrying into the corner. Turn 7, on the other hand... I'm not so sure about. The 180 degree hairpin is dicey and interesting, but I have some concern over it turning into a parking lot mess on the opening laps of the race. The previous layout for that turn was still a great place to try and outbrake other drivers, but coming to a near stop in this new layout may bring too many mistakes and "courageous moves." We'll see how things go once I have a little more time on track tomorrow.
We did get to qualify today, and I certainly need to pick up my game a little bit. Missing out on practice yesterday did hurt my performance today, but I expect the next qualifying session tomorrow to really pick up for me, especially with new tires. I ended up being 12th fastest, but that will almost surely improve tomorrow once I get some fresh rubber and extra grip. Still plan on breaking into the top 10 at the very least this weekend, we'll see how things go!