Vesti: "what Prema and this season has taught me"
After the first week's real break for Vesti since the first F3 race at the start of the season, now is the time for relaxation and time to reflect back on a turbulent season. 2020 for Vesti will surely stand out as the most difficult year ever. But the highly compressed season due to the Corona has also made some things easier.
Paradoxically, some of the things that have made my first F3 season extremely challenging are also some of the same things that turned out easier than I had expected. It has been tremendously difficult to develop in such a short time and take in so many new things. Usually I have some time to catch up after a race weekend. I have time to analyze a lot on my racing, prepare myself with the team, with my engineer for two years, Pedro Matos, and in Prema’s simulator. All of that has not been possible this year. But at the same time, being in race mode constantly and being in the environment has benefited me a great deal. I have been pressured on all parameters and have gotten myself in shape quickly with incredibly skilled competitors around me. But my brain and body have always been a little behind. This is how the season felt. But it is also a season where I have learned the most because I have been out of my comfort zone in regards to structure and physically recharging. Someone like me prefers to be in charge of literally everything, says an honest Vesti."
Vesti has no doubt - without Prema he would not have reached the point in his career where he is currently.
The team has shown me great confidence - especially when things went badly. They have sought input from us drivers, been open and shown understanding to work with us, although it may have been a bit unfamiliar, because a top team like Prema with a huge experience obviously has a clear idea of how things should be done. Prema is a very human employer. Despite the very competitive nature of the team, the environment is very relaxed in terms of interacting with each other. You never get bored. There is always temperament and resolution, but always in a nice positive spirit. We can definitely get reprimanded and get raised eyebrows if we fool around, but the slate is quickly wiped clean again. Our team manager and owner Réne Rosin, together with his fantastic wife Angelina, are a professional and natural center of gravity that always knows how to inspire us drivers and bring out the best in each one of us. We are seen exactly for the person and the driver that we are. I am full of admiration for all the energy invested into each individual driver in addition to the strictly professional aspects of the business. It really does ring true when people talk about Prema, as a team where one is not a paying customer. You become part of a big family. And that’s one very important key factor why I think Prema is so highly successful."
Vesti has especially learned 3 things during this season, which will be a huge help to him in his future career.
From my engineer I have learned how to locate a problem and because of that my feedback has gotten much stronger. I have learned that you can change the balance of the car during the race if you truly understand the car. This means that you become much more aware of being able to be in the NOW and are constantly ready for change. Finally, I learned to understand the tires. It has required getting lessons and homework from my hugely skilled engineer who always reads me and knows what I need! A lot of drawings have been displayed to me so I can visually conceive it. It makes the complicated physics of it all a lot easier for me to comprehend, concludes Vesti, who also points out Prema's greatest strength as a team - to be able to predict and anticipate things in a race and developing the car."
Vesti finished 4th in the championship. 17.5 points from the title. He was the top driver who exited the most races due to collisions and a single mechanical defect, but also the driver who came out the most victorious in the feature races.
With the two strong final victories in the two feature races at Monza and Mugello, I am left with a feeling of having finished at the top. Still, I'm a disappointed guy because I did not win the championship. Unfortunate circumstances and a few races where I did not "hit it" made the difference. The importance of consistency that I talked about at the start of my season and that would be so crucial to winning the championship, held true. That must be the goal for next year - total consistency - and maximum utilization of my speed."