The 2008 World Series Renault didn’t start in the best possible way for Marco Bonanomi. The season got underway at Monza on the last 26th and 27th of April, with the usual double race format. Bonanomi was entered by British team Comtec, owned by Jonathan Lewis and featuring Martin Donnelly in its management. The Italian driver had a good start in the initial collective tests, running consistently on top. In qualifying, Marco took the second fastest time of his group, and the second overall. During Race 1, he was unable to complete even a single lap, as he was hit by Charles Pic at Parabolica, ending up in the gravel with a broken suspension. On race 2, while running second behind leader Van der Garde, a controversial episode happened at lap 7. Bonanomi was defending himself from the attacks of Wickens, and took a central line while approaching to the Roggia chicane. Wickens placed one wheel on the outside, without having the chance to catch up and staying clearly behind. At that point, Bonanomi changed his line to get the ideal corner’s entry, hitting the rival who went off-track. Despite the resulting crash was totally involuntary, the stewards decided to stop him with a black flag.

“I thought that, after the win scored at Dubai, my trademark bad luck had been finally gone, but Monza proved that the troubled times have not ended yet. I experienced a great qualifying session, but Pic took me out at Parabolica on lap 1, Race 1, forcing me to retire. The French driver wasn’t punished for such behavior. On Race 2, I had a contact that ultimately led me to black flag. I didn’t even see Wickens and I tried to keep my ideal line. As it’s clearly visible from the TV images, my helmet was pointed toward the corner’s apex. I never raced to wreck my rivals out, and all I can say is that nothing was intentional. Unfortunately, race control decided to park me for the day, but I accept an respect their decision. I’m disappointed because I could have had good runs for podium and I found myself with no points after two raecs. I hope to have a better weekend at Spa-Francorchamps.”