Isack Hadjar sealed a maiden victory in Formula 3 after a post-race penalty for Oliver Bearman demoted him off the top step, allowing Hadjar to take victory after finishing second.
The Red Bull backed driver scored his first silverware in a race which saw the young driver make an impressive start to his 2022 season.
The Hitech team extracted the most out of the tyres in an all-important Qualifying session on Friday. With the times tumbling in, Hadjar was able to lock in a top-ten lap time, qualifying in P9 with 1:46.649 around the Bahraini circuit. Frederick sealed the timesheets in P19 (1:47.207) and Azman qualified P27 (1:47.702).
Saturday’s Sprint Race was one to remember for the Hitech squad with Hadjar securing his maiden win in what marked the opening round of the 2022 season. Frederick scored points in the first race finishing P8, whilst team mate Azman finished in the top-twenty in P16 – a solid effort from the team overall in the first race of the season. The Feature Race on Sunday saw Frederick complete the top-ten in the standings, Hadjar had to settle with P25 and Azman DNF.
The Hitech team will return to the track in a few weeks’ time in Round 2 of the FIA Formula 3 Championship at Imola (Italy) on the 22 -24 April.
Hadjar commented on his maiden FIA F3 win:
“I think that overall it’s been a very positive weekend with the win. I think we need to make some improvements in Qualifying to get the tyres in the window. Because it should have been a top 3, easily. I think it is still a bit of lack of experience at the moment.”
“Obviously Race 1 was very good, from P4 to the win, with good overtakes. The pace was mega on the long runs.”
“In Race 2 I had a great start, it’s a shame we got the puncture because I was overtaking for 5th. I was going for the podium for sure. But the puncture made our race much more difficult. I had to pit and start to race again, setting very fast laps, proving that we had the pace.”
“I think we can be proud of what we did on our first weekend. The team did a great job, we are working really well together. So let’s just keep pushing.”