The last seasonal appointment of the Formula Regional Asian 2022, valid for Race-3 of the fifth round, on the circuit of Yas Marinaended with a the highest step podium occupied by a rider belonging to the Red Bull Junior Team: in this case, the event saw the success of Isack Hadjar17-year-old Franco-Algerian who first crossed the line at the wheel of theHitech GP. At the foot of the podium, again as regards the formation of the Academy of the Anglo-Austrian team, the American Jak Crawford. The 16-year-old, in fact, came in fourth position behind the second Hitech of Gabriele Mini of Paul Aron, with the latter having obtained the place of honor. Thanks to this result, Hadjar also secured third place in the final standings, in a weekend characterized by the success in the category of Arthur Leclerc, who mathematically became champion at the end of Race-1. However, the Monegasque was the protagonist of a mistake during the first lap, with a spin that forced him to 14th place.
Speaking of the course of the weekend, the victory of the young talent from the Red Bull Academy lifted his entire weekend after two unfortunate races: in the first, which ended with the decisive victory of Leclerc, Hadjar had been the protagonist of a good duel precisely with Crawford after his first pole, with the head to head which then translated into 4th place finish behind the American and Beganovic. The outcome of Race-2 was decidedly more bitter, with the Hitech driver making a contact during the Safety Car regime that forced him to return to the pits to repair the damage to the front wing. The same race then ended with the affirmation of Gabriele Mini from Palermo, on the podium in front of the two Mumbai Falcons of Beganovic and Leclerc. Waiting for the next experience in the Formula 3 championship, Hadjar commented on what happened in the last stage of the Asian F3: “Race-3 was more under control – commented – it was quite difficult because there were two Safety Cars, but the pace was still good, ed it was nice to finish on a positive note. Honestly, in these 5 weeks I have learned a lot more than I thought I understood some mistakes that I no longer want to replicate in Formula 3. So I feel quite ready, and I am very happy to work with this team ”.
A complex weekend also for Jak Crawford, who also opened the ball with the 3rd place in Race-1 after the challenge with Hadjar. However, after retiring due to technical problems in the second heat, the 16-year-old had to deal with a bad start in the third and final race, which resulted in a final 4th place that placed him in sixth position in the overall standings: “I think it was a mediocre weekend – commented – I could have done better in Race 3, but at the end of the day that’s what it is. I think we still had some good results, but I obviously wanted more poles and wins. I know what I have to work on to improve, starting with the starts. In F3 we will not have the pedal clutch, and with the manual one it will be much easier, otherwise I would have had to devote myself more to this aspect ”.
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