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BahrainGP F2 & F3 Review: Maloney shines bright

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The first rounds of the 2024 FIA Formula 2 and Formula 3 Championships took place Saturday at Bahrain International Circuit, curtain raisers to the Grand Prix opening weekend with F3 rookie Avrid Lindblad claiming a sensational maiden win and fellow first-time winner Zane Maloney triumphing in both F2 races.

The 2024 high-end single-seater season kicked off in earnest this past weekend at Sakhor. Formula 3 getting off to its first of ten weekends with 20-point scoring rounds, and Formula 2 with the first of 14 race weekends amounting to 28-point scoring rounds.

Below are Reports of the F2 and F3 action in Sakhir:

Bahrain F2 Sprint Race: Boy from Barbados arrives

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Formula 2, the final frontier before aspiring drivers reach the gates of Garden of Formula 1, started its 2024 season with the all-new Dallara-designed car on Friday with the 23-lap Sprint Race at the Bahrain International Circuit at Sakhir.

The partial reversal of the qualifying order (top ten) saw American Jak Crawford (DAMS Lucas Oil team) start from pole position.

A clean start saw the ex-Red Bull junior from Texas lead the opening lap from fellow second-year driver, Frenchman Victor Martins (ART Grand Prix).

On lap 6, Zane Maloney, the ‘Boy from Barbados’ (Rodin Motorsport) sailed past Martins for second place. Crawford still led with a one-second advantage.

Maloney was in no mood for a day at the beach and started closing in on Crawford. From eighth on the grid, Maloney grabbed the lead on lap 8.

At the end of lap 10 of 23, the top five were: Maloney, Crawford, Martins, Isack Hadjar (Campos Racing) and Enzo Fittipaldi (Van Amersfoort) who was then demoted to sixth by Paul Aron (HITECH GP).

By lap 25 Maloney had a 2.7s advantage over Crawford, who had a similar advantage over Martins. Hadjar, from ninth on the grid, takes 3rd from Martins on lap 16.

In the closing stages of the race, while Maloney was unchallenged at the front Hadjar felt the heat from his Campos Spanish teammate Josep Maria Marti. With his front tyres “totally destroyed” Hadjar lost the final step of the podium to Marti.

Estonian Paul Aron completed the top five. Fernando Alonso’s Brazilian protégé Gabriel Bortoleto (Invicta Racing) was sixth in his F2 debut.

Zak O’Sullivan (ART Grand Prix) and Norwegian Dennis Hauger (MP Motorsport) took the final points-paying positions of the sprint race.

The pre-season Hypemeister Andrea Antonelli, the Italian Kimi and Mercedes junior had a low key start to his maiden F2 season and finished 14th.

His second-year Prema teammate, member of the Ferrari Driver Academy (FDA) and one of the favorites for the title, Olie Bearman was 16th. Argentine Franco Colapinto (MP Motorsport) was given a ten-second stop-and-go penalty for lining up on the wrong starting spot.

DNFs were Roman Stanek (Trident), Taylor Barnard (PHM AIX Racing) and Amaury Cordeel (HITECH GP).  Bortoleto starts Saturday’s Feature race from pole position.

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Bahrain F2 Feature Race: Double the pleasure for Maloney. Single point for Kimi.

Pole sitter Gabriel Bortoleto and fellow front row starter Isack Hadjar were left dazed and confused by the rocket launch of Zane Maloney, who shot into the lead before the first corner.

Hadjar did not even make it to the second turn as a love tap from Bortoleto spun him around, and his race was over when he was T-boned by Enzo Fittipaldi.

The safety car bunched up the field but at the re-start Maloney was able to pull away, and for the first time since the launch of the GP2 series in 2005 (now F2) by Bruno Michel and Flavio Briatore that a driver has won both the opening races of the season.

The double winner said, “Of course, so happy to get the Sprint Race and the Feature Race victory this weekend. The team Rodin did an unbelievable job and I just had to drive the car as quick as I can. Thank you everyone for the support of course I know Jeddah is going to be another story so we will push on in Jeddah.”

Josep Maria “Pepe” Marti moved one step up on the podium to take second, he was third in Friday’s Sprint race. Paul Aron was third 24-hours later.

Toto Wolff’’s future Hamilton candidate for the soon to be vacated Mercedes seat, Andrea “Kimi” Antonelli was able to salvage a single point from his tenth-place finish in the feature race.

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Bahrain F3 Sprint Race: Lindblad also wins on debut

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The first Formula 3 race of the 2024 season took place on Friday at Bahrain International Circuit, one of the curtain raisers at this weekend’s Formula 1 season-opening Grand Prix, 16-year-old British driver Arvid Lindblad impressed with his win on his F3 debut.

GPWeekly interviewed him last year at the Monza F4 race. Winning on his debut in a new series is always a plus for young drivers. Arvid is only in his second year of single-seater racing.

Lindblad said after his fine win: “Just won my debut in the Sprint Race today, overall really happy with the race. Super grateful to the team, they did a phenomenal job. A few mistakes from my side, so stuff to definitely work on, but we’ll look at the data, analyse everything to try and do even better tomorrow in the Feature Race.”

Man on pole Dino Beganovic who is Swedish of Bosnian heritage and also a Ferrari junior driver. Sebastian Montoya, son of F1 favourite Juan Pablo Montoya also racing in this series, for the opening round but qualified towards back of the grid.

Second was Dutch driver Laurens van Hoepen with Italian Leonardo Fornaroli third. American Max Esterson was sixth, he comes from a Sims racing background. Mini Monty finished 18th.

The man who took pole position for Saturday’s feature race, Beganovic, suffered a puncture on the opening lap, and was the last car running at the end of the race.

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Bahrain F3 Feature Race: Browning dominates, bad luck for Beganovic.

Bad luck continued for Dino Beganovic, who many are hoping to be the next Super Swede. Slow start from pole position dragged him down the field.

British driver Luke Browning, who dominated the Macau Grand Prix late last year, took control on the opening lap, and never looked back, taking victory in the first feature race of the F3 season.

Aussie mate Christian Mansell was second. German Tim Tramnitz was third man on the podium. Arvid Lindblad, winner of Friday’s sprint race, was eighth.

Beganovic fought the good fight but was unable to salvage any points after running out of luck in both races and finishing 13th in the feature race.

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