Pepe Martí Eyes Improvements Despite Double Bahrain Podium

Pepe Martí Eyes Improvements Despite Double Bahrain Podium

Pepe Marti

Josep Maria (Pepe) Martí says there’s more to come from him after scoring podium finishes in both FIA Formula 2 races in Bahrain.

The Spanish F2 rookie, who’s managed by Fernando Alonso’s A14 Management, finished third in Friday’s Sprint Race and second in Saturday’s Feature Race for Campos Racing.

Barbadian Zane Maloney won both races for Rodin Motorsport,  putting him at the top of the Drivers’ Championship, 12 points ahead of Martí.

Martí said the opening weekend of the F2 season had been ‘very positive’ but has already identified where he can improve his performance.

Podium pride after disappointing qualifying

The 18-year-old started both races from 11th on the grid, describing his session on Thursday as ‘underwhelming’, saying there was a lot of time left in the car.

His Campos team mate, Isack Hadjar, started on the front row, underlining the pace the Spanish team had in Sakhir.

The Red Bull Junior Driver said his Sprint Race on Friday was ‘really good’ and the P3 finish was unexpected.

“I had good pace, a good start, a good first couple of laps, and carried pace all the way through, so really proud of the Sprint Race.”

But in Saturday’s Feature Race, Martí was able to go one better than Friday, passing ART’s Zak O’Sullivan to snatch second place in the closing laps.

Having started on the softer available tyre compound provided by Pirelli, Martí made another electric start, rising from 11th to second in the early stages, but lost position to the ART driver after his pit stop.

“I didn’t know how it would work out but we had good pace,” Martí said, adding that the car felt ‘amazing’ and he was proud of his result and subsequent championship position.

But the Spaniard is seeking an improvement in qualifying next weekend in Saudi Arabia, where Round 2 of the Formula 2 season is being held.

“Our race pace was really good but there is a lot to gain in Qualifying. [I’m] looking forward to maximising everything.”

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