Round 9– Saudi Arabia, (Jeddah Corniche Circuit)
Thomas Elder (RedBull) wins a race for the first time in the V1 Malta Series Main Championship as he secured the top steps of the podium in both the Sprint Race and Feature Race in Saudi Arabia.
In qualifying, Brandon Bonello (Williams) takes pole position with Thomas Elder (RedBull) right behind him. The Sprint Race began with high expectations, but it took an unexpected turn as Bonello spun out after a slight contact with Elder, prompting the deployment of the safety car.
In the Feature Race, Elder took off in the lead and started building up an advantage. When a safety car came out, Elder pitted for new tyres while others stayed out. He still had the net lead and in fact he still ended up winning the race. As multiple safety car periods ensued due to incidents around the track, which led to a bunched-up grid. Another few safety cars went out due to some incidents around the track, this helped the grid to bunch up. We saw some amazing overtakes throughout the race even if this was one of the hardest tracks to overtake on. Brandon Bonello (Williams), who started from the back of the grid, fought his way through the field to secure a podium finish Equally impressive was Christian Sammut (AlphaTauri), who made an astonishing climb from 10th to 4th place, delivering some of the most breathtaking overtakes of the race.
The Fastest Lap Award was awarded to Andrea Borg (Haas) as he set the fastest lap of the race. The Driver of the Day Award was awarded to not just one driver but to both drivers of the Williams Team, Brandon Bonello and Osbert Xuereb, for their massive efforts in one of the most difficult tracks in the V1 Malta Series calendar.
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