It has been a brilliant day for Frederik Vesti and PREMA Racing at Red Bull Ring, home to the second round of the FIA Formula 3 Championship. The 18-year-old Danish rookie secured his maiden pole position with a superb late flying lap, at the end of a session disrupted by two red flags.
Vesti, the reigning Formula Regional European Champion, posted a meaningful result to boost his hopes for the weekend. His closest teammate, American Logan Sargeant, had to sit out of the final minutes and was forced to settle for third by a mechanical issue after being on provisional pole when the second red flag happened.
Australian racer Oscar Piastri, who cruised to a sensational win in race 1 of the series opener, will start right behind in P4, separated from Sargeant by just two hundreds of a second. The action at the Austrian mountain venue in Spielberg was once again incredibly tight, and there is still a long way to go although today’s result certainly puts the team in a great position.
# 1 – Oscar Piastri
“Qualifying was not bad but could have been a bit better. P4 is not too shabby even though having both my teammates in front of me is not ideal. I think tomorrow it’s going to be very interesting with the rain which is on the forecast and we definitely want to fight. We’ll see how it goes tomorrow.”
# 2 – Frederik Vesti
“We took pole position which I’m very very proud of at my second weekend in the FIA F3 championship. We did a lot of work coming back from last weekend. We prepared well and I knew exactly what I wanted to achieve. Also, the team did a great job with the car and I felt confident all the way through. It’s a great start to the weekend. I’m really happy to be on pole as it’s very important in this championship for the races. Thank you to Prema for the great car!”
# 3 – Logan Sargeant
“I had really good pace and the car felt great underneath me for which I want to thank Prema. Obviously the ending wasn’t what we wanted, a little bit unfortunate, but starting from P3 tomorrow, there are a lot of positives we can take. Pace is super strong, we have a good starting spot and I think we can challenge for the win, that’s our goal.”