Frederik Vesti addresses intense rumours of F1 2024 drive

Frederik Vesti leads the Formula 2 championship ahead of the back-to-back races at the Hungaroring and Spa-Francorchamps


Frederik Vesti has reaffirmed he is focused on winning this year’s Formula 2 championship amid rumours of a Formula 1 drive in 2024.

Vesti, who currently lies second in the F2 championship, 12 points behind championship leader Theo Pourchaire is a Mercedes junior driver and will also drive for the team in first practice at the 2023 Mexico City Grand Prix in October.

“Of course, we are studying that discussion inside our team as to what we can do,” Vesti exclusively told when asked to give an update on his F1 plans.  

“But from my perspective, my focus is purely on F2. I know what is in my control is how I drive and deliver. In the end, that’s the only thing that can bring me into F1.”

Danish company set to back Vesti on F1 dream

As well as Mercedes’ backing, Vesti has been supported by Danish construction company Hybel.

The company’s logos have adorned Vesti‘s cars since 2019 when the Dane dominated the Formula Regional European Championship for Prema taking 20 podiums in 24 races. 

“Well, that’s a difficult question,” said Vesti when asked if Hybel we’re ready to invest in his F1 dream. “But Michael [Mortensen] has been very good and supportive since 2019. 

“To have that support is everything for a driver like me, I need that to be able to drive. It also gives me a lot of confidence knowing I have the backing.”

Frederik Vesti looks on in the garage during testing for Mercedes | Frederik Vesti

Endorsement from countryman Magnussen

Vesti‘s rise to the front of the F2 grid comes during a new era in Danish motorsport, with Christian Lundgaard winning the 2022 IndyCar Rookie of the Year award and securing pole for May’s GMR Grand Prix at Indianapolis.

HaasKevin Magnussen remains Denmark’s lone representative on the F1 grid and sent Vesti a message of encouragement during the Thursday press conference before the 2023 British Grand Prix weekend.

“I’ve known Frederik since he was a little kid,” said Magnussen. “I think he’s still good friends with my little brother, and they went karting together back in the day.

Kevin Magnussen ahead of 2023 during the Austrian GP | Haas F1 Team / Andy Hone / LAT Images

“Now, Frederik is one of the leading youngsters outside F1. I would say he’s doing a great job leading the championship in F2 and showing great consistency and maturity.

“I think the whole of Denmark is very excited for him and about him. Hopefully, there’ll be a spot in F1 for him in the future.”

Where is the next F1 2023 race?

F1 will return from its summer break with the 2023 Dutch Grand Prix from Zandvoort  on August 25-27, where championship leader Max Verstappen will be racing on home soil.

Ed Spencer
Ed Spencer
FIA accredited journalist
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