NEWS - 29. August 2022

A weekend to be forgotten.

As the first of three consecutive races Spa ended up becoming a major disappointment for Vesti and a weekend that must soon be forgotten - yet, not neglecting the important lessons learned!

A bad qualifying was decisive for the two race outcomes, although not entirely. The two ART racers were far from competitive.

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My teammate Théo Pourchaire qualified 8th quickest and myself as 14th. I was faster than him in sector 2 and 3. In the first sector I made a mistake which penalized me by 2/10 of a second. That was pretty much the difference between our two positions. Théo drove a flawless lap, but still it was not enough for a top position. That says a lot about how much we were challenged this weekend.

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In both races – sprint race and feature race, Vesti finished outside the points.

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In the sprint race it almost felt like I was on wet tires on a dry track. It didn't work at all. Neither did my starts, and in the feature race at the end of turn 1 I was pushed off the track, so I ended up at the very back of the pack. I worked my way up from P22 to P11. We had started on the soft tires, which didn't work. After my pit stop and the switch to the hard tires, I finally got the speed in the car that we've been looking for all weekend, and which gave me the opportunity to drive a much better race.

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A weekend without points is costly for Vesti near the end of a season that still has Brazilian Felipe Drugovich, driving his 3rd season, as a clear leader of the championship. Jack Doohan won the feature race at Spa and thus moves ahead of Vesti in the overall standings. However, Vesti still has a realistic opportunity to finish in the top 5 in his first year in the F2 series.