Frederik Vesti Breaks Down Mercedes’ Incredible Attention to Detail While Signing Juniors

Published 02/03/2021, 5:48 AM EST
SOCHI, RUSSIA: Valtteri Bottas of Finland driving the (77) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W11 on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)


Mercedes announced Frederik Vesti, the Danish Formula 3 driver, as their latest junior. He will follow the footsteps of current Formula 1 stars, such as Esteban Ocon and George Russell.

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The Danish driver has an impressive career to back up his selection. He won the 2019 Formula Regional European title and stood fourth in his maiden F3 campaign last year. It is an important opportunity for Vesti as he pointed out how he showed his potential to the Silver Arrows.

He said, “Before signing the contract I had to show all my potential. They started following me three years ago, but at the beginning they were only superficial contacts.”

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MONTMELO, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 20: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W10 during day three of F1 Winter Testing at Circuit de Catalunya on February 20, 2019 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

“When I started to win we started to talk and they evaluated not only the positive moments, but also how I reacted in the negative ones.”

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Mercedes does not mean pressure, claims Vesti

Mercedes’ junior driver program is very prestigious in the motor racing circuit. Vesti is expected to visit the Brackley base to learn through some seat time in the simulator.

While most would assume that becoming a junior driver for one of the most successful teams in F1 would be nerve-wracking, the Danish driver doesn’t think so. According to him, the opportunity doesn’t add any extra pressure.

He said, “Pressure is always there, ever since you start racing karts, but for me the choice of Mercedes does not mean pressure, rather having a great opportunity to work with a group of extremely competitive and prepared people.”

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Joining the program could spell great things for Vesti’s career. Going forward, the Danish driver aims to impress the Brackley team in the next FIA F3 season, hopefully by winning the championship with ART Grand Prix.

IMOLA, ITALY – NOVEMBER 01: Valtteri Bottas of Finland driving the (77) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W11 during the F1 Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari on November 01, 2020 in Imola, Italy. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Mercedes have two current junior drivers who are competing in Formula 1. George Russell impressed everyone last season with his one-weekend stand in Mercedes at the Sakhir GP. Meanwhile, Ocon claimed his first career podium for Renault last year.

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Being a Mercedes young driver promises some incredible opportunity and backing in motorsport. Vesti could use this as a platform to launch his career in FIA racing series.

How do you think the Danis driver can make the most of this opportunity?

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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