Vesti wins Monza feature as Prema claims F3 team title

Frederik Vesti charged from ninth on the grid to win his second race of the season, Oscar Piastri’s third place finish meaning Prema were once again crowned team champions.

Australian Piastri’s podium also meant that the Australian reclaimed the lead of the championship with three races remaining as Logan Sargeant suffered a nightmare race, dropping back from fifth on the grid before being tapped into a spin by Carlin’s Clement Novalak and out of the points.

“We won from P9 today and it feels mega,” said Vesti afterward. “I am very happy to be back on the top step of the podium. Last week in Spa, we finished second in Race 2 and now I am happy to be back on the top step.

“I would like to thank PREMA for a great car and for the great progress we have made.”

France’s Theo Pourchaire had been leading the race despite a five-place grid penalty for impeding drivers during a farcical qualifying, that saw the field bunch up in order to get tows from other drivers.

But after a safety car bunched up the field to allow Vesti to close the gap, the Dane passed both Jake Hughes and Pourchaire just within the limits into Turn 1 with three laps remaining and held on to take the chequered flag.

Whilst Vesti was left celebrating his second victory of the season, arguably the drive of the day belonged to Prema teammate Piastri, who had started 15th on the grid but charged his way the field with some superb overtakes for a most important podium.

It means that the Australian regains the lead of the championship from Sargeant by eight points with just three races remaining.

Fraser Masefield

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