Formula 2 driver Alessio Deledda has been granted permission to start this weekend’s races, despite failing to qualify for them.
However following a meeting with HWA team manager Nicola Palarchi, Deledda has been allowed to take part in this weekend’s three races.
No explanation for the decision was given in the document issued by the stewards approving Deledda’s participation.
“The stewards summoned and heard the team manager in respect of the request for the start permission for car 23,” they noted. “Car 23 is given permission to start race one and race three.”
Today’s qualifying set the starting order for the first and third races of the weekend. Deledda will start those races from the rear of the field. The grid for race two is determined by the finishing positions for race one.
Formula 2’s rules state any driver who fails to meet the 107% requirement will only be allowed to start the race “under exceptional circumstances… which may include setting a suitable lap time in a previous free practice session.” However Deledda’s quickest time in practice was one-and-a-half seconds slower than his best qualifying time, which was 3.4 seconds slower than that of any other driver.
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