Zak in Top 10 at F3 Pre-Season Testing

Friday afternoon saw Zak O’Sullivan round up three strong days of testing in the Bahrain desert ahead of Round 1 of the FIA Formula 3 Championship in two weeks’ time. The event also saw the debut of Zak’s new race number 26, a change from his traditional #51 from past seasons.

 

Wearing his new Williams Racing Driver Academy suit, Zak took part in FIA F3’s pre-season testing at the Bahrain International Circuit, Sakir. Alongside his Carlin teammates, the 17-year-old completed a total of six sessions, experiencing the track in different temperatures and conditions.


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Day 1 was a chance for Zak to get to know the car properly, as well as fine-tune set-up with his mechanics and engineers. On a busy track of 29 cars, Zak was one of 15 rookies who headed out for the first on-track action of 2022. By the end of a productive day, he sat within the top 20, an admirable feat given the lack of pace compared to his rivals, and ahead of both his teammates.

 

The second day started even stronger with Zak reaching an impressive P8 at the end of a very hot morning session in which he completed 28 laps. Heading into the afternoon his momentum continued. As the temperature cooled, Zak and his peers were able to complete both quick laps and longer runs, and when a red flag ended the session slightly early Zak placed P9. Taking all the day’s timings into account, the #26 car concluded Thursday in 8th position out of 29 entrants – a huge accomplishment.

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A slightly overcast Friday morning saw the F3 cars head out for their fifth test session of the event. Despite an issue with his transponder, Zak was able to put in some strong runs and rounded off the morning in P9 once again. The final session of the three-day test proved to be a disrupted one with multiple red flags and a sandstorm at the track that eventually ended the session early. The final red flag interrupted a quick lap that would have placed him around P8, but even with the disruption Zak still finished a very strong P11.

 

The three days of testing were very positive for the young racer and Carlin team, exceeding expectations and learning a lot about the track and car ahead of the season-start.

 

Zak will return to the Bahrain International Circuit in two weeks’ time for Round 1 of the FIA Formula 3 Championship. You can watch the races live on Sky Sports F1 and can follow Zak on his social media channels.

 

Zak is a member of the Williams Racing Driver Academy, a BRDC SuperStar and is supported by Concierge Medical, Marsh Commercial, Winkworth UK, Kokoro Performance driver coaching services and Kokoro Media.