frederik wins jeddah
Jeddah Corniche Circuit. The world's fastest street track with an average speed of 252 km/h. Probably the most difficult track on this year's F2 (and F1) calendar. On that track, Vesti took the biggest victory of his life this weekend.
Winning your first Feature Race - also referred to as the main race in F2 - is the biggest ever for a driver like me! That win was at the top of my list last year, I only succeeded with one sprint race win in 2022. But without winning Feature Races there is no chance for F1. I bet this is going to be but the first of several big wins to come this year!"
The experts called Vesti tactically superior and credited him with keeping a cool head on a track where the competitors failed, and Vesti forced several to make mistakes. There were also a number of collisions during the race but too far behind Vesti to register on his radar. Vesti was one with his car and his team this weekend and gives much of the credit to Prema Racing for his victory.
Already in the sprint race on Saturday, I sensed a great potential. I was fast, but I didn't get enough out of that speed in a race where we were one after the other and so close that neither of us really moved much. My starting position as P9 didn't make things any easier. This was due to an unfortunate penalty from the previous race. My qualifying didn't go perfectly either, but lots of speed and potential. I won at Jeddah because I drove a perfect race with no mistakes and because Prema set up an awesome car for me. That team is my family! Winning with Prema and standing on the podium with my invaluable engineer, Pedro Matos, is a double victory for me – the greatest joy times x 2. But when I stand there on the podium, I have all of you with me who got me there. Just like in a movie that plays out before my very eyes."
It was not entirely without reason that the team Frederik won his first international championship with, Prema Racing, could announce "Welcome back" over the radio!! Vesti is now in a very favorable position from the start of the championship with just a few points behind the leader.
Just a few hours after the podium ceremony and press conference, Vesti got on a plane to Melbourne. Due to the big time difference, Vesti will spend days recovering before the race in Australia - the first ever to take place "down under" in F2's history. The race is on from April 1-2.
Photos: Prema Racing. Joan Codina