Rodin Carlin and Redbull Junior driver Zane Maloney is feeling confident that both he and the team can perform well in Round Six of the FIA Formula 2 Championship at Monte Carlo, Monaco.
Speaking to InsideF2.com’s Laurence Griffin ahead of the weekend, the Bajan driver reflected on his season so far and in particular any learnings he could take away ahead of the Monaco weekend.
“In the [Baku] Sprint Race it was unfortunate to end how it did, but then it affects you for the Feature Race because you have done one less race than everyone else”
“The season so far doesn’t look great but we are steadily improving and if it wasn’t for the unfortunate events in Baku we would be quite a lot further up than we are, but the team are doing a great job of continuing to help me understand the F2 car and what it needs to go fast.”
When Zane and his teammate Enzo Fittipaldi joined us for a chat a few weeks ago they both openly put Qualifying in Monaco as the number one session of the weekend for them and any other driver. The importance of getting pole is key, the last three Feature Race winners have sat on pole.
Laurence asked Zane specifically about his preparations for Monaco to ensure he is best placed to deliver that one lap pace having driven here previously on the feeder series ladder.
“Monaco is a very tough weekend to prepare for. It’s one of the best street circuits in the world if not the best. When I drove here in 2021 in Formula Regional it was the best weekend of my season, finishing second and first.
Monaco is my favourite circuit, it is a positive that I’ve raced here before, not in an F2 car but at least I know what the characteristics of the track are like and what it takes to be fast around here. I’ve been doing a lot of sim work with Red Bull and with Carlin.
We look forward to FIA Formula 2 returning to the track 26th May for the bespoke split qualifying in Monte Carlo.
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