The thrilling conclusion of the 2023 FIA Formula 2 season unfolded under the dazzling lights of Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina Circuit, where Alpine Academy's young stars shone brightest. The weekend was marked by intense competition and strategic brilliance, culminating in a spectacular 1-2 finish for the Academy's drivers, Jack Doohan and Victor Martins, in the final Feature Race.
The stage was set on Friday when Jack, Victor, and their teammate Kush Maini, delivered an impeccable performance in Qualifying, clinching the top three positions. This extraordinary feat highlighted their synchrony and set a high bar for the upcoming races. Their close timings, within just half a second of each other, were a testament to their skill and determination.
Jack Doohan, representing Invicta Virtuosi, had a memorable weekend, beginning with a strong sixth-place finish in the Sprint Race, after starting from pole position. His remarkable journey through the season reached its zenith on Sunday, as he claimed a resounding victory in the Feature Race. This win, his third in the last five rounds, not only showcased his racing prowess but also ensured his third-place finish in the overall 2023 FIA F2 Championship.
Victor Martins of ART Grand Prix also had an eventful weekend. He started on a high note, leading the Free Practice timings, only to face a setback in the Sprint Race due to an unfortunate contact. However, displaying resilience and skill, Victor made a strong comeback in the Feature Race, securing a second-place finish. His performance throughout the season earned him the accolade of Top Rookie in the championship.
Kush Maini, in his debut as an Alpine Academy driver, demonstrated impressive skill and potential. He was a crucial part of the Academy's 1-2-3 finish in Qualifying. Despite a challenging Sprint Race and a strategic gamble in the Feature Race, Maini finished a commendable ninth, adding another point-scoring finish to his record.
The drivers shared their experiences and reflections on the season. Jack Doohan emphasized the team's collective strength and his gratitude for the support from fans, his team, and the Alpine Academy. Victor Martins highlighted the importance of learning from challenges and expressed appreciation for his team and Alpine's support. Kush Maini, looking forward to his next season, stressed the importance of learning and improvement.
This season finale not only celebrated the individual achievements of these young drivers but also underscored the success of the Alpine Academy in nurturing and developing racing talent. As the sun set on the Yas Marina Circuit, it marked not just the end of an exhilarating season but also the promising dawn of new racing careers.