F1 Hopeful Fredrik Vesti Reveals the Benefits & Demands of Mercedes Driver Academy

Published 08/24/2021, 8:40 AM EDT
MONTMELO, SPAIN – 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 in Montmelo, Spain. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)


Danish driver Fredrik Vesti is creating waves in the world of motorsport right now. The Formula 3 driver has recently signed with F1 champions Mercedes into their driver’s academy. The decision could prove beneficial for the Danish driver, as he would guarantee himself a seat in F1.

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Vesti is currently racing with Prema Racing in the F3. But he knows he needs to continue performing at the highest level to give himself a shot at F1.

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It was a massive thing for me and my career to sign with Mercedes: Fredrik Vesti

In January 2021, Vesti took a huge step in his career when he signed with Mercedes F1 Driver Academy. The deal will provide Fredrik opportunities and help from the German team in his development as a driver.

“Obviously it was a massive thing for me and my career to sign with Mercedes. It’s something I’ve been working towards for so many years. There are so few Mercedes juniors in the world because they’re looking for future champions, so of course, it was a massive thing for me and my partners. A big boost to my career no doubt,” said the F3 driver.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 30, 2021, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during practice REUTERS/Florian Goga

Vesti also mentioned that the team has already helped him in some situations this year. “They’ve been a big help. They have lots of experience, so if something isn’t right, they’re there to help. That can be from a management side or even an engineering side at Mercedes F1.

They can help with issues with the car. It’s a big bonus, and you feel more surrounded by a group which is very important in this sport.”

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The Danish driver mentions the pressures of signing with F1 champions

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As reported by F1feederseries.com, the Prema driver is very much aware that he needs to produce results in both F3 and F2 to join F1 with the German team. He also stated that it is important for him to improve every time he steps into the car.

Danish driver Fredrik Vesti in Formula 3.

“As it is with every other driver program–if you perform and show progress and show that you have the potential to become the best in the world, they’ll support you with everything that you do. It’s all about results. But secondly, it’s also super important to show that you’re motivated and that you can improve.

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It doesn’t matter if you’re the best F3 or F2 driver currently, because if you don’t improve and evolve, then you won’t be ready for F1. This is the problem that many don’t understand and why it’s so difficult to be a junior.” said Vesti.

Vesti will look to take the next step and join the F2 field next season. How long till we see Fredrik Vesti in F1 driving for Mercedes? Let us know.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sport Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been a ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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