Gustav Malja (born 4 November 1995) is a Swedish racing driver, who most recently drove for Racing Engineering in the F2 championship.

Gustav Malja
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Malja receiving the Rydell Special Award for the 2012 season.
NationalitySweden Swedish
Born (1995-11-04) 4 November 1995 (age 24)
Malmö, Sweden
FIA Formula 2 Championship career
Debut season2017
Current teamRacing Engineering
Car number4
Starts22
Wins0
Podiums1
Poles0
Fastest laps0
Best finish13th in 2017
Previous series
2015-16
2015
2015
20132014
20132014
2012
20112012
GP2 Series
World Series Formula V8 3.5
FIA European F3 Championship
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC
FR2.0 BARC Winter Series
ADAC Formel Masters
Awards
2010, 2015
2011, 2012
Ronnie Peterson Memorial Award
Rydell Special Award

CareerEdit

 
Gustav Malja at the Red Bull Ring in 2018

KartingEdit

Born in Malmö, Sweden, Malja began his karting career in Formula Micro in 2006, winning the Gunnar Nilsson Memorial trophy the following year.[1] By 2009 he had progressed up to the KF3 category, where he won the Swedish Championship and Gothenburg Grand Prix.[2] In his final year of karting in 2010, Malja finished 22nd in the European KF3 Championship and fifth in the Junior Monaco Kart Cup.[3]

ADAC Formel MastersEdit

In 2011, Malja graduated to single-seaters, racing in the ADAC Formel Masters championship in Germany, despite being just 15 years of age.[4] Driving for Neuhauser Racing, he took a single podium position at Assen to finish thirteenth in the standings.[5] He continued with the team for a second season in 2012, taking three race wins and a further thirteen podium places to finish runner–up to champion Marvin Kirchhöfer.[6]

Formula Renault 2.0Edit

For 2013, Malja stepped up to Formula Renault, racing in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and Formula Renault 2.0 NEC championships with Josef Kaufmann Racing.[7] In the NEC championship, he contested eight races, taking podium places at the Nürburgring and Most to finish fifteenth in the standings.[8] In the Eurocup he finished twentieth in the championship, taking a single points–position at Paul Ricard.[9]

Malja remained with Josef Kaufmann Racing in both championships for a second season in 2014.[10] He finished fifth in the NEC championship, taking race victories at Hockenheim[11] and the Nürburgring[12] and two further podium positions.[13] In the Eurocup, he scored points on eight occasions to finish twelfth in the championship.[14]

Formula Renault 3.5 SeriesEdit

Malja stepped up to the Formula Renault 3.5 Series in 2015 and raced for British team Strakka Racing.[15]

Formula ThreeEdit

In May 2015, Malja took part in the Pau round of the FIA European Formula 3 Championship, racing for EuroInternational in the car originally intended for Marvin Kirchhöfer before he left the team prior to the start of the season.[16] He retired from the opening race of the event before finishing 25th in the remaining two races.

GP2Edit

Malja contested in the Spa round of the 2015 season with Trident and the final two rounds with Rapax. In 2016, Malja joined the GP2 series campaign full-time for Rapax, finished on the podium twice and finished thirteenth overall.

FIA Formula 2 ChampionshipEdit

For the 2017 season, Malja switched to Racing Engineering.[17]

Formula 1Edit

Malja participated in the second 2017 Formula 1 in-season test at the Hungaroring during 1-2 August, following the Hungarian GP weekend. Malja drove a Sauber C36-Ferrari for the Sauber F1 Team during the first test day. He completed 108 laps. His best lap was 1.21.503, set during aerodynamic and mechanical development runs. [18]

Racing recordEdit

Career summaryEdit

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2011 ADAC Formel Masters Neuhauser Racing 24 0 0 0 1 69 13th
2012 ADAC Formel Masters Neuhauser Racing 23 3 1 9 16 307 2nd
Formula Renault BARC Winter Series MGR Motorsport 2 0 0 0 0 0 NC
2013 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Josef Kaufmann Racing 14 0 0 0 0 4 20th
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 8 0 0 0 2 98 15th
2014 Formula Renault 2.0 NEC Josef Kaufmann Racing 14 2 1 2 4 193 5th
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 14 0 0 0 0 49 12th
2015 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Strakka Racing 17 0 0 0 2 79 9th
FIA Formula 3 European Championship EuroInternational 3 0 0 0 0 0 42nd
GP2 Series Trident 2 0 0 0 0 1 25th
Rapax 3 0 0 0 0
2016 GP2 Series Rapax 22 0 0 0 2 53 13th
2017 FIA Formula 2 Championship Racing Engineering 22 0 0 0 1 44 13th
2018 Porsche Supercup Team Project 1 10 0 0 0 0 26 14th
Porsche Carrera Cup Germany Team Deutsche Post by Project 1 14 0 0 0 1 82 11th

Complete Formula Renault 3.5 Series resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pos. Points
2015 Strakka Racing ALC
1

10
ALC
2

20
MON
1

Ret
SPA
1

8
SPA
2

14
HUN
1

10
HUN
2

3
RBR
1

7
RBR
2

7
SIL
1

6
SIL
2

8
NÜR
1

8
NÜR
2

2
BUG
1

11
BUG
2

9
JER
1

11
JER
2

5
9th 79

Complete FIA Formula 3 European Championship resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 DC Points
2015 EuroInternational Mercedes SIL
1
SIL
2
SIL
3
HOC
1
HOC
2
HOC
3
PAU
1

Ret
PAU
2

25
PAU
3

25
MNZ
1
MNZ
2
MNZ
3
SPA
1
SPA
2
SPA
3
NOR
1
NOR
2
NOR
3
RBR
1
RBR
2
RBR
3
ZAN
1
ZAN
2
ZAN
3
ALG
1
ALG
2
ALG
3
NÜR
1
NÜR
2
NÜR
3
HOC
1
HOC
2
HOC
3
42nd 0

Complete GP2 Series resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 DC Points
2015 Trident BHR
FEA
BHR
SPR
CAT
FEA
CAT
SPR
MON
FEA
MON
SPR
RBR
FEA
RBR
SPR
SIL
FEA
SIL
SPR
HUN
FEA
HUN
SPR
SPA
FEA

10
SPA
SPR

18
MNZ
FEA
MNZ
SPR
SOC
FEA
SOC
SPR
25th 1
Rapax BHR
FEA

16
BHR
SPR

13
YMC
FEA

16
YMC
SPR

C
2016 Rapax CAT
FEA

9
CAT
SPR

10
MON
FEA

14
MON
SPR

12
BAK
FEA

10
BAK
SPR

Ret
RBR
FEA

13
RBR
SPR

16
SIL
FEA

22
SIL
SPR

19
HUN
FEA

13
HUN
SPR

14
HOC
FEA

6
HOC
SPR

8
SPA
FEA

8
SPA
SPR

2
MNZ
FEA

3
MNZ
SPR

7
SEP
FEA

9
SEP
SPR

5
YMC
FEA

Ret
YMC
SPR

14
13th 53

Complete FIA Formula 2 Championship resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 DC Points
2017 Racing Engineering BHR
FEA

18
BHR
SPR

13
CAT
FEA

7
CAT
SPR

6
MON
FEA

6
MON
SPR

3
BAK
FEA

11
BAK
SPR

13
RBR
FEA

12
RBR
SPR

15
SIL
FEA

14
SIL
SPR

9
HUN
FEA

13
HUN
SPR

NC
SPA
FEA

4
SPA
SPR

11
MNZ
FEA

8
MNZ
SPR

18
JER
FEA

14
JER
SPR

18
YMC
FEA

11
YMC
SPR

17
13th 44

Complete Porsche Supercup resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 DC Points
2018 Team Project 1 CAT
15
MON
13
RBR
13
SIL
17
HOC
11
HUN
15
SPA
16
MNZ
26†
MEX
9
MEX
18
14th 26

Driver did not finish the race, but was classified as he completed over 90% of the race distance.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Gunnar Nilsson Memorial – Formula Micro 2007 standings". driverdb.com. Driver Database. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Gustav Malja". gustavmalja.com. Gustav Malja. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  3. ^ "Monaco Kart Cup – KF3 2010 standings". driverdb.com. Driver Database. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Neuhauser Racing's fifth season". adac-formel-masters.de. ADAC Formel Masters. 28 February 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  5. ^ "ADAC Formel Masters 2011 standings". driverdb.com. Driver Database. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  6. ^ "ADAC Formel Masters 2012 standings". driverdb.com. Driver Database. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  7. ^ "Gustav Malja signs with Josef Kaufmann Racing for Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup campaign". news.driverdb.com. Driver Database News. 19 December 2012. Archived from the original on 26 June 2015. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  8. ^ "Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 2013 standings". driverdb.com. Driver Database. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  9. ^ "Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup 2013 standings". driverdb.com. Driver Database. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  10. ^ Allen, Peter (12 February 2014). "Malja sticks with Josef Kaufmann for dual FR2.0 campaign". paddockscout.com. Paddock Scout. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  11. ^ Gruz, David (14 June 2014). "Malja converts pole to victory in first Hockenheim race". paddockscout.com. Paddock Scout. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  12. ^ Gruz, David (20 September 2014). "Malja wins NEC race two at the Nurburgring". paddockscout.com. Paddock Scout. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  13. ^ "Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 2014 standings". driverdb.com. Driver Database. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  14. ^ "Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup 2014 standings". driverdb.com. Driver Database. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  15. ^ Allen, Peter (28 January 2015). "Gustav Malja joins Strakka for step up to Formula Renault 3.5". paddockscout.com. Paddock Scout. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  16. ^ "FR3.5 racer Gustav Malja joins European F3 field for Pau". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. 11 May 2015. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  17. ^ "Gustav Malja to join Racing Engineering in 2017". December 9, 2016. Retrieved December 9, 2016.
  18. ^ https://www.gustavmalja.com/gustav-malja-klar-for-formel-1-test-med-sauber-f1-team/

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