Vesti finished as the fourth-highest driver in F3 last year but has struggled to replicate his 2021 performances, along with many rookie drivers this season. This Qualifying result represents a breakthrough for the Danish driver, who will start in the top ten for the first time this year.
Speaking in the post-Qualifying press conference, the ART Grand Prix driver looked back on his season so far:
“If we go back to Bahrain testing, compared to my team mate – who is currently leading the Championship – I wasn’t far off.
“I put a lot of pressure on myself going into the first weekend and probably went one step forwards and two steps backwards. I had a very tough Friday in Bahrain, and I was a bit lost after that in terms of which direction to take.
“Something I’ve been battling is doing Practice on the prime tyre with very limited running, going into Qualifying with three laps on a completely different tyre. It meant a lot today to be P3 as it’s been very, very tough so far.”
The Mercedes junior driver has been working hard with his team on making improvements since that difficult start in Bahrain, and it seems to be paying off.
He scored his best finish of the season last time out in Imola, taking P6 in the Feature Race, and has a great chance to score some good points again this weekend.
Vesti was in high spirits after Qualifying, satisfied with the day’s work:
“I managed to put it together for the second run, and when I crossed the line, I knew it was a good lap, and I knew it was enough to be at the top.
“When you finish a lap like that… that’s why we’re racing drivers. I’m already looking forward to the races.”
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