Danilo Petrucci continues his dark period riding the Ducati, with today’s terrible qualification, where he ended the Q1 only ahead of Savadori and Rabat, forcing him to the 18th place on the grid thanks to Vinales’ penalty. Petrucci’s farewell to Ducati seems to continue in an increasingly disastrous way, and it’s a shame because, after an uphill start to the season, the victory at Le Mans could’ve given #9 some new life.
“Today, when I saw the sun come out in the FP4s, I started worrying,” Danilo told us. “In wet conditions, I felt good but, in mixed conditions, I knew I would struggle because of my weight. The wet tires have very little grip in corners when the track is drying. I warm my tires a lot more than the others and that certainly doesn’t help me. Starting 18th is a shame because I’m paying for the mistake made yesterday in the FP2s, but even if I had gone directly to the Q2, I don’t think I would have started in the very first positions.”
What do you expect from tomorrow’s race? Even starting from the back of the grid, is there a possibility of building a solid race?
“I think so, even in Aragon on Saturday it wasn’t brilliant. Then on Sunday, I showed that I can recover. I hope I get to understand the bike in the warm up, and I know that everything can be different in dry conditions . We could probably use the data that Pirro collected here some weeks ago. I hope to be able to aim for the top ten, but it’ll be complicated.”
The data shows how you suffer at top speed compared to other Ducatis. Were you hoping that the layout of the Valencia track could help you?
“Frankly, yes. Here, in Valencia, there are less problems in top speed because there are no long straights. I thought I could have a good weekend but, unfortunately, the conditions are not helping me.”