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Red Bull signs Maloney as F1 reserve driver

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Teenaged Barbadian motor racing driver Zane Maloney is a step closer to fulfilling a boyhood dream.

Maloney, 19, has become the newest member of the Red Bull Racing Junior driver programme, and he will also serve as one of the team’s reserve drivers for next year’s Formula 1 season.

“I am thrilled to announce that I will be a part of the Red Bull Racing Junior Team and F1 Reserve Driver in 2023,” he said in a post on Instagram. “I am grateful for the opportunity and support, and look forward to getting the season started.”

Following the end of this year’s F3 Championship, he took part in the post-season Formula 2 test with Carlin alongside fellow Red Bull Junior and Brazilian-American driver, Enzo Fittipaldi, and finished the three-day event at Yas Marina Circuit with 246 laps under his belt.

Maloney finished second in this year’s FIA Formula 3 season, only five points off winning the championship in his rookie season.

Driving for Trident, he rebounded from a tricky start to the year in style, capping off his maiden campaign in F3 with three consecutive Feature Race victories, but he fell a little short of the title at Monza.

In his young career, Maloney was 2019 British F4 champion before making the switch the following year to Euroformula Open, where he finished the season eighth.

Last year, he moved to Formula Regional European Championship, where he took one win along with a further seven podiums on the way to fourth in the standings. (PR-AR)

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