I had to modify the set a little bit after doing this, as with the reported 450bhp the original Life engine got, I was able to reach 270km/h, so I turned it down to 350bhp in order to achieve the reported top speed by a Life car.
13th and 14th TEAMS QUALIFYING SESSION FOR 1990 F1 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
All of you can imagine my face when I arrived at the Life box in Silverstone. It took me around 10 minutes to get used to the sight, after having been at Woking the day before, working with the engineers and Ayrton around the new McLaren. It didn´t even remotely remind me of my first season at Osella; This team is definitely smaller! I could count with my fingers the whole team personnel. But anyway, it was just a day of work, so after meeting everyone, I quickly spoke to Gary Brabham (the other team driver) about the car, but he couldn´t tell me much about it as it was yet to try it seriously. At that moment I just tried to concentrate on driving as fast as possible, but I knew it would be impossible to qualify the car. At least the experience would be interesting to try the W12 engine, I guess...
So, just after a couple of minutes into the Morning session, I went to the track for one lap. The steering was ... bad. The grip wasn´t bad at all for a new car, but I have to say the speed was simply awful. In the lowest downforce possible setup, I just managed to reach 250km/h! There wasn´t much that could be done about it, except tweaking a little bit the gear rate. After that, I got into the track again, and when I was about to finish the first timed lap, I suffered an Oil leak, ending with a time over 1:16, about 11 secs slower than Eric Bernard´s Larrousse. The oil leak had me just watching the rest of the session. Gary Brabham did it even worse.
In the Afternoon session (which would fortunatley be the last), I could score a time of 1.13.976, which was 11 secs slower than my qualifying with the Benetton last year. Even though, I could only make two timed laps before the car gave up. Even the Coloni of Bertrand Gachot and Langes Eurobrun went faster. This is how the session ended:
1. Bernard -- 1.05.255
2. Suzuki -- 1.05.696
3. Foitek -- 1.06.303
4. Lehto -- 1.06.396
5. Moreno -- 1.06.662
6. Dalmas -- 1.07.028
7. Tarquini -- 1.07.518
8. Grouillard -- 1.08.367
9. Gachot -- 1.10.914
10. Langes -- 1.11.640
11. Dagnall -- 1.13.976
12. Brabham -- 1.23.795
Qualified teams: Larrousse and Onyx Monteverdi
An odd experience this one. I have to say that this experiment will allow me to enjoy the McLaren way more!
P.S. I think I´ll let the game chose the last teams for 1991 and 1992 after this experience, rather than chosing the last teams myself