A weekend to be forgotten
A weekend not really worth writing home about! This must be the conclusion of the most recent round 6th of FIA F3 in Barcelona for Frederik Vesti.
I believed in a super qualifying this weekend. Barcelona is my circuit! This is where I have always done well. At Barcelona I got my first big break with a top junior team, Van Amersfoort, when I was faster in a test than the F1 drivers they have developed. Now I am doing a qualifying as the 15th best! Incomprehensible for myself and for the team. Something just isn't right primarily in regards to rotation but I am struggling to articulate it myself."
Since the last race at Silverstone, Prema has been working hard to understand Vesti's challenge with the car. The feeling at Silverstone was the same and rotation in the slow corners seems to be the issue for Vesti.
I feel like it's now, but it just doesn't happen. I'm the fastest man in the fast corners. In the slow corners I lose speed. My car "flamed out" on the 8th lap in race 1 due to a defective battery, so unfortunately, I did not get the opportunity to feel and work with the car throughout an entire race."
Due to the fact that Vesti had to retire from race 1 after his battery went dead, Frederik started from the back in race 2. With a changed set-up, Vesti got behind the wheel. He moved up 8 places and finished in 21st place. Again, the feeling wasn't great, though somewhat better.
I'm a driver who needs to know what's going on in order to work with myself and the car. My teammates have a different driving style than me. They seem to have a better understanding of somehow working around the ‘problem’, but were nevertheless also both challenged yesterday with loss of rankings as a result."
Despite 2 races without points, Vesti retains his 6th place in the championship and despite the expectation of a great weekend, he tries to keep a cool head.
I have to meet every challenge, every disappointment as a preparation for the future. There will be lots of those kinds of experiences, but it doesn't help to fall back into despair. Everything is forward especially after a truly major disappointment,” concludes Vesti, who is now taking a week off and pressing the ‘reset button’ before returning to his team in Italy to prepare for the next race at Spa."