British Grand Prix 2013: Max Chilton on Silverstone fans boost
Sunday was a day I will never forget. I was really excited about competing in my first home grand prix and even though the weekend hadn't been fantastic, I was pleased with how the race at Silverstone went.
The drivers' parade in the morning before the race was just something else. The crowd cheered us all the way around. It was amazing how many of them turned out to support us all.
When the parade finished, the four Brits on the grid - Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button, Paul Di Resta and myself - headed across the track to wave to the fans and do an interview. The response was brilliant and I really think it gave us a boost in the race (won by Mercedes' Nico Rosberg).
You have good weekends and you have bad weekends - and this one was more of the latter. Sure, it would have been great to finish higher than 17th but qualifying was tough and things don't always go your way.
I had a really good start and made up a couple of places, passing Caterham's Charles Pic and my Marussia team-mate Jules Bianchi but the Caterham was quick, so it was a battle to stay ahead of him. The first safety car period didn't help us and I dropped back three places.
I spent much of the second half of the race battling with the other Caterham of Giedo van der Garde. The last safety car wasn't great for us either, as I missed the window to pit, but things worked out better for Van der Garde.
He was on fresher tyres while I was on worn rubber. He managed to get past but cut the corner so was asked to give the place back. I had to work really hard to keep him behind - and I managed it so that was pleasing.
After the race, I had the usual media commitments before doing a briefing with my engineers to discuss how the race panned out. Then I headed over to a post-race concert, which was being hosted inside the track for the fans, and did a Q&A on stage.
The crowd were amazing. I had a couple of other appearances to make before saying goodbye to the team and cycling over to the BRDC (British Racing Drivers' Club) farm where I've been based this weekend.
Then I headed home before a couple of days off. I'll spend those training in the gym or getting out on my bike. There won't be time for much more than that. And these two are back-to-back races; on Wednesday it's time to head off to Germany for the next grand prix.
Onwards and upwards
After a difficult weekend, it's great that I only have to wait one week for the next race. I can't wait to get back in the car and try to make a step forward.
I've only been to Germany once before - when I raced at the Nurburgring in GP2 - and it will be important to get some good running on Friday so that I'm comfortable with the car ahead of qualifying.
We'll continue to keep on pushing for that first World Championship point. The car is always improving so if we keep working hard, I think we can do it.