Arya Singh scores Formula 4 podium in Malaysia

Rachit Thukral

Singh made a lightning start from fifth on the grid in Race 3, seizing the lead by end of lap 1. He was eventually caught up more experienced drivers in the following few laps, but did enough to hold on to third position.

The result marked the Kolkata native’s first rostrum result outside India. His previous racing outings have primarily been limited to the MRF F1600 series and the JK Tyre National Racing Championship.

“I never thought I could be on the podium,” Singh said after the race. “I made a lot of silly mistakes which could have cost me the podium.

“I started fifth, it was reversed order. So track position was very important here. I got the lead of the race on the very first lap race itself.

“Then I got passed by Lucca [Allen] and Josh [Smith] but of course they were much quicker than me and so were the guys behind me.

“I think I was lucky that [on] the last lap [there] was a safety car, I finished third. I don’t think this was possible but I was able to do it.”

Singh was joined by three other Indian drivers on the grid, including female duo Sneha Sharma and Mira Erda, and Yash Sujith.

Sharma and Erda secured a best finish of 10th each over the weekend. Sujith finished 17th in the first two races, before skipping the remaining two encounters.