Maloney Hoping for dry Feature Race

Maloney Hoping for dry Feature Race

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Rodin’s Zane Maloney finished second in the FIA Formula 2 Sprint Race in Silverstone, behind Andrea Kimi Antonelli who controlled the race to keep Maloney at bay from the start.

Only 16 drivers out of 22 managed to finish the race with many drivers being caught out in the changeable conditions, including the top two in the drivers’ standings, Paul Aron and Isack Hadjar.

Maloney now stands fourth in the drivers’ championship standings, 34 points behind leader, Aron and seven behind third place Gabriel Bortoleto who joined him on the podium after pipping his team mate, Kush Maini to the line.

InsideF2’s Fraser Ford caught up with Maloney in the paddock after the Sprint Race and asked Maloney if second was best he could do:

“I think, in F2 especially in the wet now, it’s very difficult to follow so you just overheat your tyres a bit more than the guy ahead. Kimi was quick, he did a great job.

“We didn’t really have an opportunity at the start, it was a rolling start. The standing start is really where the opportunity was which we didn’t have.

“After seeing that it was just kind of seeing what could be done better for tomorrow, saving the good set of tyres for tomorrow.”

On Lap 4, Juan Manuel Correa spun at Copse, bringing out the first Safety Car of the Sprint Race,  but due to the severity of the conditions, it quickly translated to a red flag. Fraser asked if it should’ve been called earlier, considering how heavy the rain was:

“I was begging for [the red flag], I think everyone on the grid was begging. I was P2 and I couldn’t see a thing, I was aquaplaning down the straight.

“I’d say that, if anything, it was a lap too late but it was also a very small window that the rain just poured down and it was really difficult.

“I think they did a good job but then it was really windy out there so the track was drying really quickly, at the end it was almost slicks which is crazy.”

After a strong Sprint Race for Maloney, accompanied by Aron and Hadjar’s misfortune, Maloney has put himself back into contention for the title fight:

“[I think] race by race. I mean, the last three rounds we’ve had eight points, I think. It’s very unfortunate but it’s a good way to kickstart our championship again. I’m not looking at the championship just because in my mind, we’re not in the fight.

“Of course, that can change very quickly. The goal is to just do the best job we can do.”

After a difficult Qualifying session on Friday, Maloney will start tomorrow’s Feature Race from ninth on the grid:

“I’d rather it be dry because there’s good strategy options, you can overtake around here, I think our pace is good in the races usually.

“Last year, I started P7 and finished P2 so I’m looking for something similar hopefully.

“If it’s wet, of course, a bit more difficult but I mean, there’s still a pit stop so anything can happen in these Feature Races. I’m confident going into tomorrow, just need a clean race.”

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