Pepe Martí won the Formula 3 sprint race in Bahrain. He came out second in the reverse grid test (he was eleventh in the standings) and won this Saturday morning ahead of the Argentine Franco Colapinto and the Brazilian Caio Collet. The Spanish driver, from Campos Racing, is one of Fernando Alonso’s students at his representative office, A14 Management. Last year he already participated in the FIA F3 (he was 25th). Martí’s winning streak in 2023 is striking: it comes from winning two races in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, in the F3 Championship in the Middle East, which now links to this first win for him in absolute F3.
“It’s incredible, last year I suffered a lot, especially in qualifying. During the winter I worked very hard with Campos and we have put together a good package. My lap was invalidated in qualifying, but I’m very happy to be first in this race. I hope to do it more times in the future,” Martí said at the subsequent press conference. Before the podium he received a hug from Alonso: “It is very important to me, my idol for 17 years (his age) and a great person, a great pilot. He transfers his experience to me and it is a great opportunity for me to have that knowledge at my disposal. A big influence on me.”
On the race: “At the start Caio overtook me, but at the safety car’s restart I was able to recover the position. Then it took me a few laps to pass Franco, but In the end I got it and I also did the fastest lap of the race, So I’m very happy.”
The Catalan spoke to AS briefly after the win. He celebrates that he has the pace for the feature race, despite 11th on the grid. He comes from a solid campaign in the regional championship. He is one of the few Spaniards who stomps in the categories of access to Formula 1 along with Mari Boya (16th this Saturday) or David Vidales (who will debut in the second category of the Japanese Super Formula). Next week he has a philosophy exam. Between victory and fastest lap, he has to study.