ANOTHER TOUGH WEEKEND FOR VESTI
The second round of FIA F2 was far from the weekend that was to make up for Frederik Vesti's poor result in this year's season start a week ago in Bahrain. In fact, the weekend turned out almost identical.
This time around it was not his own failed attempt in qualifying that put Vesti checkmate in regards to his competitors. Several red flags and thus a qualifying that was interrupted several times, sent Vesti down for the count. He did not manage to make his second quick attempt in qualifying. Without registering a fast lap at the time when the track is fastest, Vesti had to settle for P17.
The sprint race on Saturday and opting for the soft tire, which is the fastest but wears down quicker, became a strategic choice in the hope that it would be a race with a number of safety cars. When the race is slowed down by these, the tires are saved and thus gives the riders with the soft tires an advantage. The many safety cars that are the norm on a crazy track like Jeddah, where you either make no mistakes or drive into the wall, did not materialize. Vesti could not keep up on the soft tires.
Sunday's long feature race showed good pace in a race where Vesti eventually had to retire. Vesti thus became one of three drivers not completing the race including teammate Theo Pourchaire and Vestis' old teammate back from F4 - Liam Lawson, who until Sunday's race led the championship.
I am almost speechless. Another weekend lost. I learn from everything that goes well and bad. But of course there is no point in learning without seeing results. I exited the main race spinning off. I pushed the car to the limit, even though I was nowhere near the points. But in such a situation, I do not regret anything. I gave everything I had to try and make up some positions. When you are on the limit, mistakes happen from time to time. Overall, it did not change anything in terms of results.
Most unfortunate, however, is not to pick up any points when, by the way, a lot has been turned upside down this weekend with several of my worst competitors who did poorly in qualifying, have been penalized or have not made it through. If you are unable to take advantage of those situations and not score points, you make it quite difficult for yourself."
There is now one month until the field moves to Europe with the opportunity to take revenge. It takes place at Italian Imola in Tuscany on April 22-24.