Norbert Michelisz to continue using event-by-event approach in season finale
Norbert Michelisz managed to gain 10 points in the title battle with Volvo’s Thed Björk at Macau. The Honda driver thanked the team for their effort to repair his and team-mate Esteban Guerrieri’s car.
“The boys didn’t sleep all night to fix both of our cars, so a huge thank you to them,” said the Hungarian. “My Civic was amazing. I was worried yesterday night, but in the end we made it.”
The Honda driver explained he initially tried to attack race leader Rob Huff, but as the track dried he didn’t have enough pace to try a move. His lost in confidence after yesterday’s accident also played a part in his drop in performance throughout the race.
“I really tried to attack. I expected us to be stronger in the wet. When there was some water on the circuit I think I had a slightly faster package than Rob (Huff) but in the end due to yesterday’s crash I wasn’t confident enough to risk something happening again and this made a difference.”
With a points difference of just 6.5 points in Qatar the championship battle is open. The Hungarian will focus on nothing but extracting the most out of himself and the car.
“6.5 points of difference in the championship means it’s all up for grabs in Qatar and I’m confident. We were strong there last year and I will really try to do my best not to do any mistakes and get the most out of myself and the car. If it works out for sure I’ll be really happy, but the most important thing is to have the feeling that I’ve done everything I can.”
Michelisz promises he will not get carried away thinking about championship, saying he will try his best to focus solely on the Race of Qatar and then come what may.
“I made a mistake thinking too much about the championship in the first few races and I didn’t always make the right decisions in terms of attacking and defending. After the third or fourth race I started taking things event by event and maximise the possibility to score points. It worked so far and it wouldn’t make sense to change that. It’s getting more and more difficult as we approach the end of the championship not to think about the title.”