Frederik Vesti takes debut win in ADAC Formula 4

Due to a light moist track after morning rain, race control decided to give the drivers two formation laps and reduce the race time from 30 to 27 minutes. The Oschersleben track however was so dry, with only a few damp patches outside the racing line, so everybody was starting on slicks.

The starting grid from race 3 is decided by the race result from race 1, where top 10 is reversed, while the rest start in their finishing positions. That meant that Michael Waldherr had Pole Position, ahead of Frederik Vesti and Sophia Flörsch.

Jonathan Aberdein had a spin on the formation lap, while trying to get heat into his tires. He quickly got the car pointing in the right direction, and could take up his ninth starting position, once again.

Vesti got the best start and was side by side with Waldherr through the first corners, before he could take the lead going into turn 3.

On lap 3 we saw Flörsch slow down suddenly in the middle of the track, with the cars behind her having to avoid left and right. Luckily she wasn’t hit by anybody, but some drivers had to go through the gravel to avoid her.

Frederik Vesti, Michael Waldherr, Sophia Flörsch
Photo: ADAC Motorsport

David Malukas and Kami Laliberte had a wheel to wheel duel, where Laliberte ended up going in front.

Julian Hanses and Leonard Hoogenboom also had a great duel, but in this case, Hoogenboom couldn’t keep his car on the track and had to take it to the grass.

Frederik Vesti had managed to pull out a big gab, and let Michael Waldherr, Juri Vips and Kim Luis Schramm fighting for the other podium positions. Waldherr was under big pressure from the now former Championship leader. The current Championship leader Felipe Drugovich had a few problems improving from the eighth starting position, and actually lost out to Jonathan Aberdein.

Ten minutes before race end, we saw the Safety Car being deployed when Tom Beckhäuser hit the rear of Richard Wagner, and the two cars tangled. None of the drivers was hurt since it happened at quite low speed.

But it caused Vesti to lose his one second gap, and he had to do it all over again for the final eight minutes of the lap.

He got a good restart and had a nice gap already when he passed the green flag, and could control the rest of the race.

Nicklas Nielsen and David Malukas had another duel, and even though Nielsen tried to overtake Malukas, he didn’t make it past, and had to stick with 12th position.

Podium race 3 – Frederik Vesti, Michael Waldherr, Juri Vips
Photo: ADAC Motorsport

Kami Laliberte made a great overtaking manouvre on Jonathan Aberdein with only two minutes left of the race, and therefore went from 12th to 8th at the flag.

So Frederik Vesti could take his first ADAC Formula 4 career win ahead of Michael Waldherr and Juri Vips.

In the Championship standings we have Juri Vips back in the lead, with a few points over Felipe Drugovich.

The next round of ADAC Formula 4 will be held at the Nürburgring on August 4th-6th.

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