Frederik Vesti gets a FP1 chance in F1 Mexico GP as part of the junior programme and FIA regulation of rookie run.

As part of the FIA rookie run, Mercedes has handed Vesti a FP1 run chance in the upcoming F1 Mexico GP at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. This will be the Dane’s first time in the W14 after a post-season W13 run last year.

Vesti is currently in the fight for the F2 title where he lost the points lead in Belgium to Theo Pourchaire. “I’m incredibly proud to be doing the FP1 session in Mexico City with the Team – it’s a dream come true,” said the Dane. “To think in less than two months that I’ll be doing my first official Formula One session with Mercedes, who have won eight consecutive Constructors’ Championships, is amazing.

“This has been my dream since I was very young and something I’ve been fighting for through my whole junior career. It’s taken a lot of hard work, and this is a very important step for me on my journey. To be able to develop myself in an F1 car alongside some of the best drivers in the world is something I’m looking forward to.

“I want to thank Mercedes for this incredible opportunity, as well as my sponsors and manager for always believing in me. I can’t wait to be driving W14 for the first time.” At the same time, Toto Wolff, added: “Fred has executed an impressive Formula 2 campaign so far this season. Driving in an FP1 session is the next step in his development and we’re looking forward to giving him that opportunity.

“He is a talented young driver, not only quick but thoughtful, and he understands exactly what the Team is looking for from him in the car. I am sure he will perform well and provide a solid starting point for our work over the weekend.” And finally, Andrew Shovlin noted: “Fred acquitted himself faultlessly in the young driver test last year so we’re looking forward to having him in the car once again.

“He’s shown what he is capable of in F2 this year, combining strong pace with consistency. Fred has been part of the Team for several years now and has been a key part of our simulator development and set-up programme. We’re therefore looking forward to giving him his first running in an F1 session on a Grand Prix weekend; that will be another useful step in his development and prove useful in being able to correlate the real-world car with his work back in Brackley. I’m sure he will enjoy the experience.”

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