Mickfield maestro Josh Web-ster spent the week working hard to sort his car out after failing to score any points at Silverstone in the GP3 Series.
The feeder event to Formula One joins up with F1 during the European season, so the 19-year-old was fulfilling a lifelong ambition on Sunday of driving at the British Grand Prix.
Although Webster scored his best finishes of the campaign to date with two 16th-place finishes, he admitted there was a lot that needed to be put right ahead of this weekend’s races at the world famous Nurburgring circuit in Germany.
“Where we are is where the car is and we don’t deserve to be any higher,” said the Nine Group-backed Status Grand Prix driver. “There might be something broken on the car that we don’t know about, so we need to check that and hopefully the Nurbugring will be a different story.
“We’re exploring the depths of the car — I don’t think we’ve even scratched the surface of what makes it go, whereas some of the other teams have really got into it and got a bit of a headstart.
“We need to keep pushing and never give up because you will have bad days — and although it wasn’t a bad weekend, it wasn’t a good one.”
A difficult qualifying session — something Webster had targeted as the key to him moving up the grid — left the teenage Brit in 21st position after a lap of one minute 48.061 seconds, 1.701 seconds behind pole-sitter Kevin Korjus.
“I’ve said before that qualifying was going to be the key thing, but unfortunately I didn’t nail the lap,” he said. “We didn’t get the set-up right — I did a good lap, but the car wasn’t really there.”
Starting has been something that the youngster has proved good at this season — and so it did again when he got off the line quicker than those around him to move up the field to 17th.
However, his initial charge was checked and he slipped back to 20th by the end of lap four.
The misfortune of others conspired to improve Webster’s position, with a particularly terrifying crash when Patrick Kujala flipped over the back of David Fumanelli and landed upside down in the tyres handing Webster 18th.
When Melville McKee dropped out and Conor Daly took a drivethrough penalty for a jump start, Webster was up to 16th, only to be passed by Eric Lichtenstein.
However, when Carlos Sainz Jnr barged Lewis Williamson off the track, Webster crossed the line in 16th, just unable to catch up with the Red Bull development driver who would go on to receive a 10-place grid penalty for race two.
“I made up some good positions, but I wasn’t really happy with the car,” he said. “We worked overnight to try and find out what the problem was with the car, but it wasn’t too different in race two, so we have some work to do for the Nurburgring.
“When someone is a couple of seconds quicker, with the car or the tyres, it’s impossible to keep them behind.”
Sunday’s early-morning affair was less eventful for Webster from 15th on the grid.
He struggled off the line and then got caught behind a five-car collision that left him 16th — a position he held until the end of the race, finishing in 20 seconds of clean air, well behind 15th-placed McKee, but safely clear of Ryan Cullen, who was 17th.
“The crash would have worked better for me if I was clear of the pack that I was mobbed in,” said Webster. “I didn’t get a great start and possibly wasn’t aggressive enough through the first corner and got sandwiched a bit so I had to back out of it.”
Despite not scoring any points, the Suffolk speedster admitted it was still an honour to represent Great Britain at the British Grand Prix in an international series for the first time.
“Im racing in GP3 at 19 — it can’t get much better than that,” he said.