The Spanish driver finishes a magnificent season in Formula 3 with the recent addition to the Red Bull Junior Academy family.
Martí finishes fifth overall with a total of four podiums, three of them victories, and great performances throughout the year.
"I am very proud of the championship we have done. If you told me at the beginning of the year that we would finish fifth and be one of the only three drivers who could still mathematically fight for the title in the last round of the season with three wins, four podiums and two pole positions, as well as several fastest laps, I would sign it".
Pepe Martí finishes a brilliant second season in Formula 3 with the finishing touch of his recent signing for the Red Bull Junior Team. With a great performance and proving to have achieved a good learning and experience, he has signed a magnificent campaign being only his third in the world of single-seaters.
This weekend, in the last race of the season at Monza, he finished with a bittersweet taste after not being able to cross the finish line in either of the two races due to external factors. In qualifying he was unlucky, the session ended 10 minutes earlier than usual and he was unable to complete a good lap, forcing him to start from the back. In the first race on Saturday, he was touched by another driver in turn 1 and had to retire, and in Sunday's race he was pushed off the track twice with a touch from behind.
"It has been a weekend of mishaps and accidents completely out of our control. It all stemmed from a qualifying that ended 10 minutes early. Because of this, the weekend was too complicated for us and we couldn't fight for the positions we deserved. Between free practice, qualifying and the first race we could only do two laps. With so little running time it was impossible to understand the behaviour of the tyres and the car for Sunday's
Pepe started the season by winning the first sprint race in Bahrain, his first achievement in the category. After that, he arrived in Monaco and once again took the top step of the podium in another sprint race in which he gave a masterclass in riding on a complicated street circuit like Monte Carlo. With the clear objective of winning a Sunday race, which are the ones that give the most points for the general classification, in June came the home Grand Prix at the Circuit de Barcelona - Catalunya, and he shone in front of his fans with a spectacular victory in the 'feature race'. At Silverstone he was on the podium again, this time on the third step of the podium. The victories, the fast laps and the comebacks have made Pepe shine and show his qualities.
"I am very proud of the championship we have done. If you told me at the beginning of the year that we would finish fifth and be one of the only three drivers who could still mathematically fight for the title in the last race of the season with three wins, four podiums and two pole positions, as well as several fastest laps, I would sign it", said the same driver.
The Spaniard finished fifth in the overall standings of a tight championship in which he and two other riders were the only ones who fought for the title until the end.
"At this point, fifth place is not enough, but we can be proud of the year. We have been competitive on all the circuits and this weekend was the most difficult of all. On the other hand, I'm happy to be a Red Bull junior driver both at Monza and for the rest of the season and I'm very grateful for the opportunity, looking forward to continue improving in this line of work and in the future".