Round 11– Netherlands, (Circuit Zandvoort)
With three wins, eight podiums, two pole positions and a fastest lap, with a total of 206 points, Adrian Manduca (Ferrari) is crowned National Champion for the first time in his career. The title decider was between himself, Brandon Bonello (Williams) and Matthias Farrugia (Alfa Romeo).
The race day belonged to Brandon Bonello (Williams), who dominated the proceedings from start to finish. Having secured pole position, Bonello showcased his exceptional racing skills as he commanded the race from the front. However, despite his remarkable performance, Bonello fell short in his quest for the championship, as Manduca required only P7 to secure the title. Nevertheless, Bonello’s efforts were rewarded as he, along with his teammate Osbert Xuereb, secured the Constructor’s Championship for Williams. The Williams duo displayed incredible teamwork both on and off the track throughout the season, accumulating a total of 222 points combined. They finished 15 points clear of their closest rivals, Ferrari, and made history by becoming the first team to win the Constructor’s Championship separate from the Driver’s Championship in the V1 Malta Series.
The qualifying brought some unexpected surprises, with Anthony Calabrese (Reserve) and Osbert Xuereb (Williams) securing second and third places respectively. Bonello’s pole position and Manduca’s 8th place start set the stage for an exciting race. However, it was Kevin Lucchese (Aston Martin) and Christian Caruana (Aston Martin) who stole the show at the race start, with an impressive start propelling them to first and third in turn 1. Unfortunately, an accident in turn 4 led to major changes in the midfield, adding a touch of unpredictability to the race. At the end, Bonello won the race with Lucchese coming in at second and Andrea Borg (Haas) in third.
The Driver of the Day Award was awarded to Andrea Borg (Haas) after secured his first podium after starting from P7. Another comeback drive was by Daniel Cini (Mercedes) who managed to finish P5 after qualifying in P13.
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