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Victor Martins, the ART Grand Prix rookie is looking to bounce back after a heartbreaking end to his weekend in Jeddah.
For the past few weeks, the name Victor Martins has been circling the F2 paddock. The reigning Formula 3 champion has put on some incredible performances and is showing the world how hungry he is in his pursuit of the Formula 2 championship.
He finished the sprint race with his first podium of the season but sadly Sunday was not working in his favour, and he ended up crashing out in the Bahrain feature race. Martins was looking to redeem himself and earn some points in his fight for the championship heading into Jeddah.
Martins started the Saudi Arabian weekend off well by setting a time of 1:41.326 in qualifying which was over seven-tenths ahead of everyone else and he then continued to shine in the feature race. He started 11th and then climbed his way up the grid to finish 2nd, earning his second podium of the season. However, in an interview, Martins stated how he ‘was not expecting to be on the podium’.
The weekend was going in Martins’ favour and all he had to do now was put his all into the feature race to round off an exciting and rewarding weekend.
The feature race
The start of the feature race was not the best start for Martins as Bearman had a better start. Bearman slowly started to slip out of reach for Martins as he was nearly 2 seconds ahead. However, Martins kept fighting to try and claim his first feature race win.
On the 10th lap, Martins found himself to be in DRS range of Bearman and a scrap between the pair broke out in the end, Martins took the lead and was now in the net-race lead.
Unfortunately, a lap later Martins spun out and that meant it was the end of the race for him. After the amazing performance, he put in on qualifying and the sprint race it was unlucky to see the race end like this for him so soon.
A post sent out by Martins on Monday shared how he is dealing with the unfortunate circumstances he faced and how he is ready and prepared for Melbourne.
Already looking ahead, I analyse, I accept and I move forward, I want much more than a feature race win. See you in Melbourne.
Will Melbourne be the weekend Martins claims his first feature race win and earn some points to climb up the championship standings?
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