Zane Maloney on 2023: ‘I will be racing in F2 next year’

After a successful Formula 3 campaign in which he finished second in the championship, five points behind champion Victor Martins, Zane Maloney ended 2022 in F2 machinery, driving for Trident in the final weekend of the season at the Yas Marina Circuit. Having impressed in his rookie year of F3 with Trident, the Barbadian driver seems almost certain to make the step up to F2, but with which team?

By Jakub Czekalski

With just 29 points in the first five rounds of the 2022 FIA F3 Championship, Maloney was able to overturn his shaky start to the season by finishing on the podium four times in the last seven races, winning the last three feature races of the season. Speculation has arisen that Maloney could be returning to Carlin in F2, the team with which he not only debuted in open-wheel racing in the British F4 Championship in 2019 but also won by 20 points, simultaneously becoming the fourth Carlin driver to do so since the formation of the championship in 2015.

After appearing on the latest episode of the F1 Feeder Series Podcast, Maloney said, “I will be racing in F2 next year – great to make the step up. ADD Management have done an amazing job with my career.” The Barbadian added, “Obviously, I can’t say anything about who I’ll be doing 2023 with. Hopefully you’ll know after Christmas.”

Both Logan Sargeant and Liam Lawson have been either confirmed or rumoured to depart Carlin Racing at the end of the 2022, possibly leaving two seats free at the British team. It’s confirmed that the American driver, who has been part of the Williams Academy since October 2021, has been promoted to Formula 1 for 2023 and will be Williams’ second driver alongside Alexander Albon.

Lawson is rumoured to make the switch over to Super Formula with Honda-powered Mugen after his alliance with Red Bull grew stronger since being announced as a reserve driver for both Red Bull and AlphaTauri for the upcoming 2023 F1 season.

F1 Feeder Series‘ information suggests that Maloney’s teammate at Carlin will most likely be Enzo Fittipaldi, who had a brilliant first season in F2, bagging four feature race podiums.

Header photo credit: Formula Motorsport Limited

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