Sakhir, Bahrain: FIA F3 Races 01/02
Mar 05

Sakhir, Bahrain: FIA F3 Races 01/02

Sakhir | Bahrain

Photographs of FIA F3 2022: James Gasperotti Photography

2023 FIA F3 | Bahrain International Circuit
Sakhir, Bahrain
Round 1 | Races 01 & 02
3-5 March | 2023

Bahrain Highlights

Qualifying Position: 6th Place (starting 7th in Saturday Reverse-Grid Sprint Race & 6th in Sunday Feature Race).
Race 1: 28th (Rear Tire Puncture Lap 3)
Race 2: 7th Place
Championship: 10th Place

Qualifying | March 3rd: 6th Position

Under sunny skies on the Bahrain International Circuit on Friday, Kaylen Frederick placed 6th in the ART Grand Prix car No 7. In a field where the top nine drivers were within 3/10th of a second on a 1m.47 second lap, the field was tight. Of note, Kaylen’s teammate placed .17 seconds ahead in 3rd place.

Race 1 | March 4th:

Starting Position: 6th Place
Finish Position: 28th Place

Starting from 7th on the Saturday reverse-grid race, the American battled his way through the opening lap, however racing was short-lived. VAR’s Rafael Villagomez tangled with Trident’s Gabriel Bortoleto both losing grip on the brakes and driving Bortoleto’s front wing into Kaylen Frederick’s rear tire for a puncture. Pitting for a new tire, Kaylen resumed the race and worked his way to 24th however front wing damage required a return to the pits and 28th place finish.

Race 2 | March 5th:

Starting Position: 6th Position
Finish Position: 7th Position

Kaylen Frederick lined up for the feature race in 6th. When the green flag dropped the rush for Turn 1 real estate was heavily fought for. With deep moves in the front of the pack – 3 wide in the turns – Kaylen maintained 6th through lap 3. In lap 5, Kaylen gained a position by aggressively passing Leo Fornoroli on the outside moving up to 5th. A safety car in lap 8 bunched up the field from front to back. At the restart in lap 10, Colapinto at the front Kaylen attempted to pass Goethe for 4th and then pulled back in.  Racing remained strong into lap 12 and Kaylen’s battle for 4th continued to rage. At lap 14, tire degradation & loss of grip afflicted Kaylen’s race pace and he relinquished 5th to Beganovic. Pace continued to drop, eventually dropping Kaylen back to 7th place by race end.

Championship Round-up:

Finishing the weekend in 10th for the championship, the puncture in the early part of the Saturday Sprint Race was of no help on the points scoring board. The hunt for speed will pick up again in Melbourne, Australia, in three weeks ahead. Teams and drivers will be on equal footing as they head down under for the first FIA F3 race in Melbourne, Australia, and the Albert Park Street Circuit.

Next on the Calendar:

2023 FIA F3 | Round 2 | Races 3 & 4
Melbourne, Australia
Circuit: Albert Park Street Circuit | Albert Park Lake
March 31st – April 2nd
Circuit Length: 5.278 KM | 3.28 Miles

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