Zane Maloney

Zane Maloney

Zane Maloney (born 2 October 2003) is a Barbadian racing driver who is set to compete in the 2024 FIA Formula 2 Championship for Rodin Motorsport, having debuted for the team in the prior season when they were known as Rodin Carlin.[1] He was the 2019 British F4 champion and finished as runner-up in the 2022 FIA Formula 3 Championship, racing for Trident.

Maloney currently serves as the reserve driver for Stake F1 Team Kick Sauber and was also the reserve driver for Red Bull Racing in 2023.

CareerKarting

Maloney started racing in North America at the age of 12 and after multiple karting titles in Barbados and America he soon moved over to Europe to compete for Ricky Flynn Motorsport.[2] Maloney placed 4th in the Karting European Championship, 5th in the World Championships and 3rd in the German Championship and WSK Champions Cup respectively in 2018.

Lower formulas

Maloney’s first single seater season was in 2019 in the British F4 championship for Carlin Motorsport. Maloney won 10 races and ended up on the podium 15 times, he became the first driver since Jamie Caroline to win all three races in a single weekend, at Oulton Park. Maloney won the championship by 20 points over Mexican Sebastián Álvarez at the final round of the season. Through that he became the first Barbadian racing driver to win a championship in Europe, and the first rookie to win the championship outright in the history of the series.[3]

Radical Caribbean Cup

Maloney contested the final two rounds of the 2019 Radical Caribbean Cup, winning all three races at Bushy Park Barbados, and two races at South Dakota in Guyana. He returned for the first round of the 2020 season, but the year did not constitute as a championship after being cancelled after round 1 due to coronavirus.

Maloney returned to the championship for the Frankie Boodram Wallerfield International Raceway round in Trinidad and Tobago in the 2022 season as a guest driver.

Euroformula Open Championship

In January 2020, Maloney reunited with Carlin to contest the 2020 season. He scored his debut podium in the second race of the season at the Hungaroring, having finished 4th the day before. His next podium came at the Circuit Paul Ricard, but unfortunately for Maloney, this would end up being his final podium finish of the season. After scoreless rounds in Spielberg and Spa the Barbadian finished the season eighth in the drivers’ standings, one position and point behind teammate Ido Cohen.

Formula Regional European Championship

In December 2020, Maloney was signed to R-ace GP to contest the 2021 season.[7] His first podium came at the second race of the first round in Imola, where he finished third.[8] Following two ninth-place finishes in Barcelona, Maloney had an impressive round in Monaco: the Bajan finished second in the first race,[9] and then won the second race from pole position, thus becoming the first Caribbean driver to be victorious in the Principality.[10]

FIA Formula 3 Championship2022

In November 2021 Maloney took part in the FIA Formula 3 post-season test, driving for reigning team champions Trident.[11] In January the following year, the Italian outfit confirmed Maloney would race with them for the 2022 season.[12] The Bajan proved to be competitive right away by taking pole position in rainy conditions at Imola, although a spin at the safety car restart cost him the chance of achieving victory. He scored his first podium in the second race at the Hungaroring, finishing second, whilst a first win followed in the subsequent round at Spa-Francorchamps, where he recovered from a high-speed collision with Oliver Goethe during the sprint race, which had caused the Trident driver’s car to roll over.[13][14] Maloney continued with the positive momentum, winning the Zandvoort feature race, having started from pole position.[15] After scoring another pole at the season finale in Monza, Maloney fended off Ollie Bearman in a battle for the victory, which would be awarded to the former following a red flag.[16] Maloney ended up second in the drivers’ standings, missing out on the championship by five points to Victor Martins.[17][18]

2023

In 2023, Maloney returned to Formula 3 to drive for Rodin Carlin in the Jerez F3 post-season test.[19] He also participates in the Macau Grand Prix for the team.[20] He finished the main race in eighth place.

FIA Formula 2 Championship2022

Following Calan Williams’ departure from the team, Maloney was called up to replace him at Trident for the Yas Marina season finale.[21] After an uneventful weekend, Maloney was invited to test for Carlin at the end of season F2 test.[22]

2023

On 18 January 2023, Maloney was announced as a part of the team line-up for Rodin Carlin for 2023 season, alongside Brazilian driver and fellow Red Bull Junior Enzo Fittipaldi.[1] Maloney qualified a poor 18th in the Bahrain opening round, but narrowly missed points in ninth during the sprint. A sprinting feature race charge followed, benefitting from lap 1 chaos and fresher tyres to claim third place and his first F2 podium.[23] Following the race, Maloney stated that “the engine shut off” mid-race momentarily.[24] Maloney had a dreadful weekend in Jeddah, he spun out in the sprint race and lacked pace in the feature race, ending without points.[25] The Barbadian driver bounced back in Melbourne, qualified fifth and ended all the races in the same position.[26] Despite securing ninth in Baku qualifying, he would have a forgettable weekend, colliding with Victor Martins at the start in the sprint and a lack of pace in the feature race meant he would come away without points.[27]

In Monaco, Maloney qualified in fifth, and ended the sprint race in the same position.[28] A crash for Jack Doohan and a late drive-through penalty for Martins ahead would see him third and collecting a second podium.[29]

Maloney then would go 5 races without points before securing second place at Silverstone. Maloney would gets points at Spa before collecting a second place in the Zandvoort feature race.

During the Monza feature race Maloney would suffer a big crash on lap 12 when Roy Nissany crashed into the back of him causing him to spin across the pit straight and hit the wall 3 times before stopping near the stands. Fortunately Maloney was ok and didn’t suffer any injuries from the crash.

Maloney qualified 4th for the season finale in Abu Dhabi. he finished the sprint race 9th. During the feature race he was running in third place but was being chased by Frederik Vesti toward the end. Vesti tried an overtake into turn 9 on the last lap but when Maloney tried to defend the two cars collided with Vesti almost flying into the barrier but Maloney spun out of the points ending his chance of jumping Richard Verschoor for 9th in the drivers standings.

Maloney ended 2023 10th in the drivers standings with 96 points compared to Teammate Fittipaldi’s 124. During the campaign he took 4 podiums but no wins. He also helped Rodin Carlin secure third in the teams championship.

2024

Maloney remained with Rodin Carlin for the 2024 season and his teammate is 2023 Super Formula champion Ritomo Miyata.[30]

Formula One

In December 2022, Maloney joined the Red Bull Junior Team and was Red Bull Racing’s reserve driver in 2023.[31] In January 2024, Maloney joined the Sauber Academy and will serve as a reserve driver for Stake F1 Team Kick Sauber in the 2024 Formula One World Championship. [32]

Formula E

In April 2023, Maloney was invited to take part in the Formula E rookie test at the Tempelhof Airport Street Circuit with Andretti Autosport.[33][34] He took part in his first Formula E practice session at the Rome ePrix.[35][36] Later that November, he was announced to be the reserve and development driver for Andretti for the 2023–24 season.[37]

Racing recordRacing career summary

SeasonSeriesTeamRacesWinsPolesF/LapsPodiumsPointsPosition2019F4 British ChampionshipCarlin301065154271stRadical Caribbean CupN/A65255?5th2020Euroformula Open ChampionshipCarlin1700021138th2021Formula Regional European ChampionshipR-ace GP2011171704th2022FIA Formula 3 ChampionshipTrident1832341342ndFIA Formula 2 Championship20000026thRadical Caribbean CupN/A32132N/ANC†2023FIA Formula 2 ChampionshipRodin Carlin2600149610thMacau Grand Prix10000N/A8thFormula OneOracle Red Bull RacingReserve driver2023–24Formula EAndretti GlobalReserve driver2024FIA Formula 2 ChampionshipRodin Motorsport

**Formula OneStake F1 Team Kick SauberReserve driver

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