LOPEZ DOMAINS MUGELLO'S RACE TWO Pablo Sanchez Lopez (Alan Racing) conquered today in race two his second victory in the Formula 3 Italian Championship on the track of Mugello. The Mexican driver, third at the start, has been the protagonist of...
LOPEZ DOMAINS MUGELLO'S RACE TWO
Pablo Sanchez Lopez (Alan Racing) conquered today in race two his second victory in the Formula 3 Italian Championship on the track of Mugello. The Mexican driver, third at the start, has been the protagonist of a perfect start that allowed him to take the lead. A twist in the tail of the race cut off Mirko Bortolotti from the third place due to a penalty of 25 seconds due to jumped start. Behind Sanchez, after Paolo Maria Nocera, Nicola De Marco got the third place while Fabrizio Crestani and Giuseppe Termine were forced to retirement, the former due to some technical problems the latter as a consequence of an off track excursion.
The classification sees now Mirko Bortolotti at the lead with 66 points, he is followed by Efisio Marchese (64), Paolo Maria Nocera (55) and Pablo Sanchez Lopez (54).
After the summer break, the "Campionato Italiano Formula 3" will be again on stage on 1-2 September on the Varano de'Melegari's circuit.
Pablo Sanchez Lopez
"I was keen on getting a victory at Mugello. Now the classification is quite open: next races will be quite important and I think it will be a tough fight till the end."
Paolo Maria Nocera
"Finally a good result. To go out of the track on race one hassled me a lot and I ended up with a tense driving in race two as well. Eleven points adrift and six races to go: my ambitions to the title remain unaltered, even if I know it will not be an easy task"
Nicola De Marco
"This was supposed to be a training season, but on my first Formula 3 season I already scored six podiums, a result far beyond expectations. Now it would be brilliant to get on the highest place of the podium."
"I am very angryt. I do not deny that I moved a bit early, but it was only a few centimeters and I did not overcome the line marking my starting position. I think that a 25 seconds long penalty is not fair, despite the infraction. Paradoxically. If one gets off one minute early, I could stop for the penalty and win with a huge advantage".
"The outcome of our weekend is positive for three fourths: this morning, Nocera got off track due to some unsignalled oil on track and he lost a good chance to get close to the lead of the classification, but in race two he was able to center a second place that takes him again in the game for the title. De Marco is a certainty: he does not commit any error and race after race he is faster and faster. On this bases, we will be able to be among protagonists of this season finale":
"Bortolotti's victory and his two pole positions are a very good result, but the double retirement of Crestani due to some gear box problems cannot make me fully satisfied. We will check the reasons of the failure in the following days. Pointwise, Scalbi lived today the best weekend of his season, confirming his constant growth in a tricky series like Formula 3".
<pre> Race two results:
1 14 Pablo Sanchez Lopez Alan Racing 2 6 Paolo Maria Nocera Lucidi Motors +1.857 3 5 Nicola De Marco Lucidi Motors +3.025 4 7 Efisio Marchese Europa Corse +8.758 5 3 Augusto Scalbi Minardi by Corbetta +11.431 6 11 Paolo Bossini Team Ghinzani +16.827 7 51 Matteo Cozzari Europa Corse +18.255 8 16 Mirko Bortolotti Minardi by Corbetta +27.421 9 9 Jacopo Faccioni Scuderia NT +58.013 10 12 Giuseppe Termine Team Ghinzani Retired 11 4 Fabrizio Crestani Minardi by Corbetta Retired
Fastest Lap: Nicola De Marco (1'47.140)