Formula 3

Vesti wins first F3 race after early stoppage through torrential rain

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Vesti (pictured on Friday) also took his first pole ahead of this race. Credit: PREMA Racing

PREMA Racing rookie Frederik Vesti managed to keep his cool and his car on the track to win a shortened race in Austria.

The much anticipated heavy rain that was the talk of Friday at the Styrian Grand Prix arrived just in time for FIA Formula 3’s opening race of the weekend.

Vesti led away from pole and used the clear view ahead of him to control the race and he was still leading when the red flag fell on lap 14, and he was awarded victory as a result.

Trident will be very happy with their drivers’ races with Lirim Zendeli, David Beckmann and Olli Caldwell second, third and fourth respectively.

It had been a race of few incidents in the opening exchanges with just a couple of spins to note until Sebastián Fernández crashed behind the safety car with visibility dismal at best.

Championship leader Oscar Piastri played it smart in not risking too much to come home fifth ahead of Richard Verschoor who was relishing the wet conditions.

Logan Sargeant was very lucky as the count-back of laps meant he was classified seventh despite slowing when the red flag was thrown. He finished ahead of Liam Lawson, Théo Pourchaire and Jake Hughes who has reverse grid pole for race two.

1Frederik VestiPREMA12 Laps
2Lirim ZendeliTrident+2.0
3David BeckmannTrident+3.9
4Olli CaldwellTrident+4.7
5Oscar PiastriPREMA+5.0
6Richard VerschoorMP Motorsport+6.8
7Logan SargeantPREMA+6.9
8Liam LawsonHitech GP+7.7
9Théo PourchaireART+8.6
10Jake HughesHWA Racelab+9.6
11Alex PeroniCampos+11.0
12David SchumacherCharouz+11.6
13Max FewtrellHitech GP+12.5
14Sebastián FernándezART+12.6
15Enzo FittipaldiHWA Racelab+13.7
16Lukas DunnerMP Motorsport+14.0
17Enaam AhmedCarlin Buzz Racing+15.2
18Bent ViscaalMP Motorsport+16.6
19Sophia FloerschCampos+17.5
20Dennis HaugerHitech GP+17.8
21Jack DoohanHWA Racelab+18.1
22Matteo NanniniJenzer+19.2
23Igor FragaCharouz+19.9
24Cameron DasCarlin Buzz Racing+21.1
25Calan WilliamsJenzer+21.6
26Alessio DeleddaCampos+22.8
27Federico MalvestitiJenzer+23.7
28Roman StanekCharouz+1 Lap
29Clément NovalakCarlin Buzz Racing+1 Lap
30Aleksandr SmolyarART+9 Laps
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