Vesti ‘Not Too Worried Anymore’ About F2 Title Outcome on Eve of Decider

Vesti ‘Not Too Worried Anymore’ About F2 Title Outcome on Eve of Decider

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After winning the final Sprint Race of the FIA Formula 2 Championship season at Yas Marina, PREMA Racing’s Frederik Vesti said he had made peace with the outcome of his title battle with ART Grand Prix driver Théo Pourchaire, win or lose.

Vesti’s 2023 championship bid may be his most significant in his car racing career, but it is not the first time he has fought for a title.

In 2019, Vesti won the inaugural Formula Regional European Championship with PREMA Racing, finishing with 13 wins and a 131-point gap over Enzo Fittipaldi, whom he passed en route to victory in today’s race.

He also came close to winning the F3 championship in 2020 thanks to a late-season surge, but he ultimately finished fourth, 17.5 points off of Oscar Piastri and behind both Pourchaire and Logan Sargeant.

He has taken six wins this year, two in Feature Races and now four in Sprint Races, to sit 16 points behind Pourchaire entering the Feature Race tomorrow. Twenty-six points are on offer, and while the result today boosted his chances, Mercedes junior Vesti still must take a podium to have a chance at winning the title, while Sauber junior Pourchaire must finish no higher than fifth.

Vesti’s opening-lap crash in the Feature Race at Monza significantly dented his title hopes, but it also made him change his mentality entering this weekend’s finale, he told InsideF2 in the press conference after today’s race.

“I think those, especially the 2019 one, were quite different. It was a very strong year and consistent year, and I think I won it with two or three rounds to go. So obviously that is very different to this, being in second place and having to have a good race tomorrow,” he said.

“To be completely honest with you, after Monza, I wouldn’t say I felt like I lost it, but I was definitely – I had a lot to go through in my mind. And once I got through that, I’m to be honest not too worried anymore.

“It would mean everything for me to win it, but I already feel like I’ve taken all the hard times after Monza. Whatever happens tomorrow, I’m proud of what we’ve done, and I think that gives me also the freedom to attack tomorrow and not worry about what will happen if I finish second.”

Vesti starts tomorrow’s race from ninth on the grid.

Credit: Formula Motorsport Limited

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