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Victor Martins, ART
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Can F2's relaxed title favourite prove a point to Alpine?

Victor Martins was a standout F2 rookie with ART Grand Prix last season. Now the Alpine junior remains with the French team and is a title favourite for 2024, but with a new car and a cluster of exciting new rookies to contend with, nothing is quite as straightforward as it appears on paper

One win. Nine podiums. Three poles. Top rookie. Victor Martins had a standout first season in Formula 2, but now the Alpine F1 junior faces the difficult second album, the campaign by which, whether they like it or not, so many drivers in the category are judged.

And the task couldn’t be more difficult for the 22-year-old Frenchman, who will begin his championship mission in Bahrain, now spearheading the ART Grand Prix squad and battling to top one of the best driver line-ups we’ve seen in F2 for some time. That’s despite Martins’ former team-mate, reigning champion Theo Pourchaire, departing to compete in Super Formula, and the rest of the top four – Frederik Vesti, Jack Doohan and Ayumu Iwasa – also moving on.

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