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Frederik Vesti victorious in rain-shortened FIA F3 race at Red Bull Ring

by Bethonie Waring

Photo: Formula Motorsport Limited

Frederik Vesti converted pole to victory in a rain-shortened third race of the FIA Formula 3 Championship at the Red Bull Ring.

Multiple drivers had fallen foul of the heavy rain and poor visibility when the red flag was brought out on lap 15 of 24.

The final incident came when Sebastian Fernandez spun round while running in the middle of the pack and a number of drivers made contact as they were unable to avoid the stopped car.

The race was counted back to lap 12, but it made no difference to the front of the field.

Prema’s Frederik Vesti led every lap and spent most of the race with a small gap back to Lirim Zendeli, who snatched second off the line.

Though Zendelli and team-mate David Beckmann closed the gap to the race lead when the safety car was brought out after a puncture-induced spin from Clement Novalak, neither Trident driver could stick with Vesti on the restart.

Vesti had a comfortable gap back to Zendeli when the race was red-flagged and he was awarded his first FIA Formula 3 victory.

A wide moment for Oscar Piatri shortly before the red flag allowed Olli Caldwell to snatch fourth in the third Trident entry, but Piastri was able to close the door before the battling Richard Verschoor and Logan Sargeant could find a way past.

Sargeant, who had been passed by Verschoor in the battle for sixth, dropped down the order on lap 15, but was reinstated at seventh when the results were counted back.

Liam Lawson, Theo Pourchaire, and Jake Hughes completed the top 10.


Race results (12 laps)
Pos Name Team Time
1 Frederik Vesti Prema 21m06.054s
2 Lirim Zendeli Trident +2.015s
3 David Beckmann Trident +3.915s
4 Olli Caldwell Trident +4.776s
5 Oscar Piastri Prema +5.003s
6 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport +6.865s
7 Logan Sargeant Prema +6.979s
8 Liam Lawson Hitech GP +7.762s
9 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix +8.691s
10 Jake Hughes HWA Racelab +9.606s
11 Alex Peroni Campos Racing +11.044s
12 David Schumacher Charouz Racing System +11.686s
13 Max Fewtrell Hitech GP +12.597s
14 Sebastian Fernandez ART Grand Prix +12.626s
15 Enzo Fittipaldi HWA Racelab +13.779s
16 Lukas Dunner MP Motorsport +14.008s
17 Enaam Ahmed Carlin +15.209s
18 Bent Viscaal MP Motorsport +16.696s
19 Sophia Floersch Campos Racing +17.502s
20 Dennis Hauger Hitech GP +17.823s
21 Jack Doohan HWA Racelab +18.181s
22 Matteo Nannini Jenzer Motorsport +19.248s
23 Igor Fraga Charouz Racing System +19.999s
24 Cameron Das Carlin +21.115s
25 Calan Williams Jenzer Motorport +21.614s
26 Alessio Deledda Campos Racing +22.841s
27 Federico Malvestiti Jenzer Motorport +23.766s
28 Roman Stanek Charouz Racing System +1 lap
29 Clement Novalak Carlin +1 lap
Ret Cameron Das Carlin
Fastest lap: Vesti, 1m33.358s

Championship standings
1 Piastri 35   2 Vesti 34.5   3 Lawson 25   4 Zendeli 25   5 Beckmann 21.5   6 Sargeant 21   7 Verschoor 20   8 Peroni 17   9 Novalak 11   10 Caldwell 6