Pellegrino Did Well in Valencia But Some Protest Remains. The 4th round of the World Series by Nissan took place on the Valencia track this weekend. All in all, Matteo Pellegrino did well in both races. Matteo cut the finish line in second ...
Pellegrino Did Well in Valencia But Some Protest Remains.
The 4th round of the World Series by Nissan took place on the Valencia track this weekend. All in all, Matteo Pellegrino did well in both races. Matteo cut the finish line in second place during Race 1 whereas in Race 2, Matteo was inches away from a podium win. After gaining three positions, Matteo made the chequered flag in 4th place. Despite this, Matteo was left with a high dose of frustration for how the starting grid in Race 2 was determined.
Thanks to an almost perfect lap, Matteo was able to set the second best time on Saturday. This meant that Matteo would be on the front line but the Marshals decided (a decision that is debatable) that Matteo had to drop down 3 positions because he did not slow down when the yellow flag was out. Contrary to this, the telemetry results show that Matteo did indeed slow down around 20 km/h. The Marshals denied the evidence and stuck to their guns. Pellegrino was nonetheless penalized and wasn't given the chance to make an appeal. The regulation does not allow appeals for matters of this sort.
This decision prevented Matteo from being a front line driver in Race 2 and this evidently influenced the race. Matteo's chance for a podium win (which was very plausible seeing that he set great times) was therefore taken away from him.
"I have a lot of mixed feeling about this weekend. I'm happy about my podium position in Race 1 but I'm bitter and angry about the 4th place in Race 2. Conquering the 4th position is encouraging but I would have had a better result had the marshals not forced me to drop 3 positions on the starting grid. They believe that I didn't slow down when the yellow flag was out. This isn't true because the telemetry indicates that I had slowed down 20 km/h. This may seem a little but I could assure you that inside the cockpit they are a lot. Moreover, slowing down 20 km/h avoids getting the driver in other dangerous situations. If I had slowed down all at once, it could have been dangerous for the other drivers behind me. Starting on the front line in Race 2 would gave been determining for me.
In fact, Pavlovic started off weakly and tried to fight off Abadie, Lahaye and I in the hopes to keep his first place position. I had to take the kerbs widely to avoid any contact with the others and this made me lose speed and allowed my adversaries to overtake me.
From that moment on, I had to climb my way back up; I was able to overtake 3 adversaries including my team-mate Tedeschi and Abadie. Had I had a few extra laps, I could have conquered the 3rd place.
Race 1 was instead less complicated. I inherited a position thanks to a great start (I went from 3rd to 2nd) and I keep the 2nd place throughout the race. Abadie (the winner of Race 1) and I were competing with the same times. During the first few laps, I tried to overtake him but it was evident that our performances were very similar. I preferred to keep the 2nd place without taking any stupid risks. In Valencia, I proved that I am fast during qualifying and during the races. After a few podiums, hope I could celebrate my first 1 place win of the season soon."