Sauber Academy has signed Zane Maloney who will take on the role of Reserve Driver for Stake F1 Team at several Grands Prix during the 2024 Formula One season.
With F2 driver Theo Pourchaire having already been announced as the Hinwil-based team's reserve driver, the announcement means that the Barbadian racer will share the duties with the Frenchman across the 2024 F1 season.
Born in Bridgetown, Barbados, and coming from a family with a strong motorsport heritage, Maloney got his first taste of motorsport at a very young age, when he competed, aged three, in his first karting competition, finishing second. Having secured multiple karting titles both in his homeland and in the United States, Maloney moved across the Atlantic in 2018.
2019 marked the switch to single seater racing as Maloney quickly became known in the motorsport world: he went on to triumph in the British F4 Championship, the first rookie to win the championship outright in the history of the series. After that, the Barbadian racer quickly rose through the ranks year after year, collecting podiums and wins until his big break in 2022, when he claimed second place in the FIA Formula 3 Championship in his debut season.
The impressive performance saw the Barbadian elected FIA Rookie of the Year for the season, and heralded a promotion to Formula 2, where he made a stellar debut by stepping on the podium on his debut Feature Race.
🚨BREAKING: Zane Maloney to join Sauber Academy and take on additional Reserve Driver role for @stakef1team— Stake F1 Team Kick Sauber (@stakef1team_ks) January 31, 2024
With a strong motorsport background, including karting titles and successes in British F4 and FIA Formula 3, Zane continues his journey in Formula 2 with Rodin… pic.twitter.com/rnl0E8URv7
2024 will see Maloney continue racing in the series with Rodin Motorsport, now supported by Sauber Academy. Commenting on his new role, Maloney said: “I am honoured to join the Sauber Academy, and to take on the role of one of Stake F1 Team’s Reserve Drivers.
"The Sauber name resonates with Formula One, as it has been part of the sport for over thirty years, paving the way for so many drivers who went on to achieve great success. I am pleased to become part of this family, and I am looking forward to working together this season, as I move closer to my goal of becoming a Formula One driver.”
Expanding on their new driver Sauber Academy Director Beat Zehnder commented: “We are delighted to welcome Zane as the latest addition to the Sauber Academy. His path through the junior series has been remarkable so far and, with his speed and potential, he surely makes a great addition to our talented roster.
"In addition to his Formula 2 campaign, where he will aim to succeed our own Théo Pourchaire to the title, Zane will also share with him the Reserve Driver role for Stake F1 Team. On behalf of the whole team, I give him my warmest welcome onboard, and look forward to working together and achieving great success.”