The Crucial Mistake That Cost Pecco Bagnaia A Direct Q2 Entry in Indonesia
Published: 13th October 2023
Francesco Bagnaia certainly did not have the start to the Indonesian GP weekend he would have wanted.
In a dramatic turn of events, Ducati rider and championship leader Pecco Bagnaia found himself facing unexpected challenges in the Indonesian Grand Prix practice session and will have to fight his way through Q1 to get a shot at a decent starting position in Mandalika.
Throughout the hour-long session, Bagnaia grappled with a persistent problem – getting his bike to stop effectively.
This issue proved to be a significant hurdle as he ran wide multiple times during his fast laps, compromising his overall lap times.
The frustration etched on his face was evident as he wrestled with the front end of his bike, desperately seeking a solution to his handling problems.
Having not been able to set a decent enough lap time until the very end of the session, the pressure was on in the final moments for Bagnaia.
Having his second to last lap ruined by a yellow flag, the Italian looked set for a top 6 finish in his very last lap.
However, a crucial mistake seized all hope as Bagnaia nearly lost the rear resulting in him running wide.
Bagnaia will have to go through Q1 for the first time since the Spanish Grand Prix and will be keen to make it to Q2 as he looks to defend his championship lead against Jorge Martin.