PREMA Racing harvested valuable points today in the second race of the FIA Formula 3 Championship opener at Red Bull Ring. With a reversed top-10 grid from yesterday's race 1 results, the drivers were faced with a difficult task, having to battle their way up.
But as often happens at the Austrian track, a train of cars formed with all drivers using DRS which made difficult to get close and overtake. In addition, tire marbles on the outside of the racing line increased the challenges for those who were trying to pass. Even a late safety car did not change the situation, with the DRS disabled in the final two laps.
Frederik Vesti did his utmost to finish in P6 among a frantic battle for the podium, the 18-year-old taking the second points finish of the weekend. Yesterday's winner Oscar Piastri, who started down in 10th place, eventually crossed the finish line in P8, scoring the fastest lap of the race and retaining the championship lead.
Logan Sargeant had the worse luck of all. The American picked up a puncture early in the running before finishing in 27th place. He is still third in the points, while PREMA Racing controls the Team Championship.
# 1 – Oscar Piastri
"It was the first time I really experienced dirty air with this car which was more than I was expecting. Given the nature of these tires, it's very easy to overheat them, especially when you're following. I overheated the fronts quite early, and after that, I had a lot of understeer. Finishing 8th, getting the points for that and for the fastest lap as well is a massive bonus. We definitely have some things to work on for the next weekend but hopefully, we can continue us into the next weekend."
# 2 – Frederik Vesti
"We finished in P6 starting from P7, but with all the cars in each other's slipstream using DRS, it was really difficult to pass. I got a really solid first Formula 3 weekend, with good points. I still have things to learn and I'll definitely do my best to improve for next weekend. We have the pace, we just need to sit down and work, so I'm looking very much forward to the next event."
# 3 – Logan Sargeant
"Unfortunately, we got a puncture on lap 2, which pretty much ended our race. I didn't feel any single touch, and I don't think there was much I could have done about it. From that point on, we were just out there doing laps and trying to get more track time to prepare for next week. We'll reset and come back stronger."