Ducati rider Pecco Bagnaia has accepted full responsibility for the penalty imposed on him after free practice for the San Marino Grand Prix on Friday.
After forcing LCR Honda driver Alex Marquez to duck, the Italian was handed a three-place grid penalty on Sunday – a penalty he admitted was justified.
He was also seen repeatedly apologizing to Marquez and Gresini Ducati’s Enea Bastianini, who was racing just behind.
Bagnaia explained afterwards that he believed the checkered flag had already come out to end the session at that point, and as such fell back into the first corners of the Misano circuit, which made miss Marquez hitting him in the middle of the track. as he returned home.
“I think it was okay,” admitted Bagnaia after the penalty. “I totally agree with that.
“I made a mistake and thought I had already passed the checkered flag but I didn’t. I’ve already said sorry to the stewards, and that’s OK, that’s fine. I also asked why three places on the grid and not a long lap and they told me it was because it was my first time doing it.
“For the first time you get a warning that its three grid penalties and then a long lap. I agree with them, it’s the only way to have a step and be more careful in this situation.
It’s a conclusion also echoed by team boss Davide Tardozzi, admitting it represents an additional challenge in Bagnaia’s quest to become the first Ducati rider in history to win four races in a row.
“He made a mistake and he has to pay something,” said the former rider. “In the end it’s OK because the intention was not to annoy Alex Marquez but he missed the flag, he thought the session was over, and the stewards accepted that he was right in his explanation.
“But he made a mistake and honestly now he’s in more trouble because he has to be at least in the top three tomorrow to make sure he’s on the second row. The third line makes the race very difficult.
However, the penalty also brought up an old issue once again, as Bagnaia was asked whether or not the three-place grid penalty was more severe than a long lap penalty – particularly of the kind title rival Fabio Quartararo had to serve at Silverstone last month, where the penalty loop was acknowledged to be particularly short.
“Today I think we have to discuss it,” Bagnaia said, “but in the safety commission we have already talked about the fact that all the long laps have to be the same – but that’s impossible to do.
“Silverstone doesn’t have as much runoff in certain parts of the track to do that, so it would be difficult to get the same time on every track. But we will work on it. »
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