PREMA Powerteam experienced an extraordinary weekend in the penultimate round of the Formula Regional European Championship at Mugello Circuit. After cruising to the team title in the previous weekend at Imola, there was more reason for celebration. At the Tuscan venue, Frederik Vesti delivered two runaway wins in race 1 and 2 before wrapping up the driver title with a fourth-place finish and one full round to spare.
The 17-year-old Danish racer continued to carry on his outstanding form by posting his 12th win, legitimating his conspicuous championship advantage. He will now head into the final round of the year at Monza to end the season in style.
In a weekend where qualifying seemed to have a key impact on the finishing positions, with drivers finding hard to slice their way through the field, Enzo Fittipaldi scored two fourth-place finishes and a sixth place. The Brazilian showed good pace but had a difficult time in making his way into the podium positions.
The same goes for Olli Caldwell. The British racer was trapped at the margins of the points zone despite showing enough potential to be at the front. The goal for the team is to get back in the hunt for podiums with all three cars in the 2019 finale at Monza.
# 2 - Frederik Vesti
"We had a good Q1 with the pole position and in Q2 we missed maybe half a tenth. Then in race 1 and 2, I won with quite a good margin so that felt really good. In race 3 we chose a wrong setup and we struggled to finish P4. I didn't want to take too many risks for the championship and we eventually managed to win it!"
"I'm really happy. Winning the championship has been a goal all season but we needed to work very hard to achieve it. I was a newcomer at Prema, in a new series and with a new car. I had to learn many things and it wasn't easy but I, my engineer and the whole team worked so hard to stay focused and improve step by step. In the end, that's what you need to win a championship. I'm very proud of the work we have done together.”
# 64 - Olli Caldwell
“It was a difficult weekend as we didn’t have the easiest start in practice and qualifying. Starting a bit at the back, this weekend seemed pretty difficult for everybody to recover positions and unfortunately, I got stuck around the same spots where I qualified. We look now forward to Monza. We did a test there last week and we were strong. We aim to end the season on a high there, which I'm sure we will."
# 74 - Enzo Fittipaldi
"I think we had very good pace here in the tests, and I felt like we were going to have a good weekend. Unfortunately, qualifying didn't go as I wanted. We had very strong pace in race 2 and 3, just in race 1 we went a bit wrong with the setup, but when you start in these positions, it's always difficult to fight and honestly I think our contenders made a huge step forward. They were definitely faster than us this weekend. In race 3, even if Frederik did a great job, we saw that when you lose positions you just fall back, also because these cars have very little slipstream. It's tricky but, of course, I'm learning a lot from it and I'm improving as a driver. The evolution, see myself growing, is the most important thing. My feedback is getting better, my driving is getting better, lap after lap."