The 2023 FIA Formula 2 season has been a showcase of exceptional talent and thrilling on-track battles, but one driver stood out with a spectacular display of skill and precision. Frederik Vesti, a rising star in the world of motorsports, clinched the Dallara Best Overtaking Manoeuvre award for his outstanding performance during the Barcelona Feature Race. This accolade, awarded at the official Prize Giving Ceremony in Monaco, celebrates Vesti's remarkable three-wide pass, a highlight in a season full of competitive racing.
Vesti's journey to this prestigious award began with a daring strategy during the Barcelona Feature Race. After his mandatory pitstop, Vesti, driving for PREMA Racing, switched onto the soft tyres, embracing an aggressive alternate strategy to maximize his position. This strategic move set the stage for what would become a memorable overtaking manoeuvre.
The Danish driver quickly caught up to the MP Motorsport's Dennis Hauger and Rodin Carlin’s Zane Maloney. What transpired next was a masterclass in overtaking. On Lap 26, as the cars approached Turn 1, Vesti expertly maneuvered his PREMA Racing car. With fresher and softer tyres, he took advantage of the grip, positioning himself on the inside line. Hauger and Maloney, battling for position, were unaware of Vesti's daring plan.
As they raced down the pit straight, Frederik Vesti, with remarkable control and precision, overtook both Hauger and Maloney in a breathtaking move. Despite Hauger's persistent challenge through Turn 2, Vesti held his ground and successfully secured the seventh position on the road by the time they reached the long sweeping third corner. This incredible manoeuvre not only showcased Vesti's racing acumen but also his audacity and determination to succeed.
Vesti's feat at the Barcelona Feature Race was more than just an overtaking manoeuvre; it was a statement of his racing prowess. "There was some good racing this year and that’s exactly what Formula 2 does the best,” Vesti remarked upon accepting the award. His achievement in the 2023 FIA Formula 2 campaign is a testament to his talent and a promising sign of his potential in the racing world.
The Dallara Best Overtaking Manoeuvre award for Frederik Vesti in the 2023 FIA Formula 2 season is not just an individual accomplishment but an inspiration for aspiring drivers. It highlights the importance of strategy, skill, and timing in motorsports. Vesti's award-winning overtake will undoubtedly be remembered as one of the most thrilling moments in Formula 2 history.