Martins Dominated Barcelona Sprint Race for First Win of the Season

Martins Dominated Barcelona Sprint Race for First Win of the Season

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Victor Martins wins his first race of the FIA Formula 2 2024 season after a difficult start to the year with ART Grand Prix. Juan Manuel Correa joined him on the podium, finishing third.

Second place on the grid, Martins had a great start to take the lead of the race from reverse grid pole-sitter Kush Maini.

Maini dropped down to fifth, behind his team mate but a great battle with Gabriel Bortoleto throughout the opening lap earned him fourth.

On Lap 2, Maini continued his charge forward with a bold move for third place on the inside of Turn 1 to overtake Correa.

Behind them, Isack Hadjar was growing frustrated in P8 behind Kimi Antonelli in the first few laps. He came on the radio to express his irritation, complaining that the PREMA driver was moving under braking, the stewards saw no problem with Antonelli’s defence and he kept the position for the time being.

After a few attempts, Hadjar eventually got passed at Turn 1 on Lap 12, he was followed by Jak Crawford, dropping Antonelli down to ninth.

Meanwhile, Antonelli’s team mate, Ollie Bearman dropped to the back of the field after starting  15th. His engineer called him into the pits to try to resolve the problem. He re-joined the race, albeit at the back of the pack.

Roman Stanek was the first driver of many to receive a penalty for track limits. Joining him would be second place, Ritomo Miyata who would lose his podium as it stood at the time on Lap 17.

A battle for net-third place started in the closing laps. Behind McLaren junior, Bortoleto was Correa, Paul Aron and Crawford. Correa eventually passed him on the penultimate lap of the race after a mistake from Bortoleto dropped him down to sixth.

Martins took the chequered flag to win his first race of the season 3 seconds ahead of Miyata before his penalty was applied, the Rodin driver dropped down to eighth place, earning him one point.  Maini was promoted to second as a result.

Rounding off the podium was JM Correa, his first F2 podium after his inspiring return to the series.

Image: Formula Motorsport Limited

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