Dancing in The Rain. Just like last year, the rain in Monza this weekend highly influenced the outcome of race 2 in the Ferrari Challenge Pirelli trophy. The first few drops of rain started coming down during the second lap in race 2 and...
Dancing in The Rain.
Just like last year, the rain in Monza this weekend highly influenced the outcome of race 2 in the Ferrari Challenge Pirelli trophy.
The first few drops of rain started coming down during the second lap in race 2 and then came the downpour during the 4th lap that conditioned the race. The cars all made a quick Pitstop to change their tyres but this didn't help. Regardless of the rain tyres, they weren't able to proceed. Everyone had to stay behind the safety car and it was that safety car (a Ferrari 612 Scaglietti driven by Beppe Schenetti) that reached the finish line first.
Under these difficult conditions, Max Mugelli's race stood out. The Tuscan driver who was seventh on the starting grid ended the Sprint Race in 5th place. During that race, he put up quite a show with a few of his overtakes. During the Endurance Race, he took off in 5th place surpassed Santaniello and conquered the 4th position. Subsequently, everyone was forced to follow the safety car.
"What a feeling this weekend in Monza! 7th on the starting grid, 5th in race 1 and 4th in race 2; it's the kind of progress that leaves me satisfied. We must however dwell on what happened during race 2.The real star of the show was the rain!
The first 2 laps were on a dry track: I started off well and was able to follow close behind Santaniello; who was ahead of me on the grid. Soon afterwards, I was able to overtake him and attempted to do the same with Bontempelli who was 3rd. The car has a great set up. So much so that, I was able to keep up with the others in the first positions and was preparing myself to conquer the 3rd place.
During the 2nd lap, the first raindrops came down and next it starting raining cats and dogs. I immediately told the pit box via radio that the track conditions would be very dangerous if we continued using with the slick tyres.
The marshalls hadn't interrupted the race and so I couldn't slow down or else i would have lost a few positions. My visibility was bad and the track was no longer able to drain out all of the rain. Due to a puddle, I suddenly lost control of my Ferrari and I went off track. At that point the red flag was out and thanks to the marshalls on the side of the track; I was able to get back on track again. I immediately went to my pit box to change my tyres. The safety car was on track and we all finished the remaining laps at low speed. However, regardless of our low speed, the visibility was almost non existent. It was impossible to proceed. In any case, I consider myself satisfied with this weekend. On Saturday and on Sunday, I was very fast on the track and I was one step away from the podium. I hope I can conquer that podium at the next race."