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.
|1||Frederik Vesti||PREMA||12 Laps|
|6||Richard Verschoor||MP Motorsport||+6.8|
|8||Liam Lawson||Hitech GP||+7.7|
|10||Jake Hughes||HWA Racelab||+9.6|
|13||Max Fewtrell||Hitech GP||+12.5|
|15||Enzo Fittipaldi||HWA Racelab||+13.7|
|16||Lukas Dunner||MP Motorsport||+14.0|
|17||Enaam Ahmed||Carlin Buzz Racing||+15.2|
|18||Bent Viscaal||MP Motorsport||+16.6|
|20||Dennis Hauger||Hitech GP||+17.8|
|21||Jack Doohan||HWA Racelab||+18.1|
|24||Cameron Das||Carlin Buzz Racing||+21.1|
|28||Roman Stanek||Charouz||+1 Lap|
|29||Clément Novalak||Carlin Buzz Racing||+1 Lap|
|30||Aleksandr Smolyar||ART||+9 Laps|