The fifth stage of the FIA F3 Regional – European Championship took place at Imola. It has been a unique weekend because there has been four races instead of three; the extra one has been fitted in the schedule as a “recovery race” for the one that was not disputed at Vallelunga because of the weather conditions.
Matteo Nannini had two nice qualifying sessions,
reaching the sixth place (for Race 1 and Race 3) and the seventh-place (for Race
2). The Italian driver was not completely satisfied because he felt like he
could have done more.
In the first race, Matteo managed the pressure of keeping everyone behind him, and he showed his strength and potential. He finished the session in the sixth place, just as he started. On Race 2 he managed to overtake the driver starting in front of him, reaching once again the sixth place.
A slow start, caused by the overheating of the clutch
system, conditioned Race 3. Despite that, Matteo drove incredibly well, and he delivered
a comeback to the eighth place. A small contact during of on the many overtakes
he made has been sanctioned with a 25 seconds penalty, canceling much of the
excellent work that Matteo put together. For the fourth and final race of the
weekend, the team replaced the friction, and everything went smoothly. Matteo
finished the race ninth overall, but he did not collect points because on the Vallelunga
weekend he was only competing in the ACI Trophy.
Matteo ends his weekend very positively. One of the highlights was the fight between him and Enzo Fittipaldi that at the end, he manages to overtake with a splendid maneuver.