After two amazing Formula 3 races in Zandvoort, Frederik Vesti and Victor Martins admitted being surprised by the amount of overtaking possibilities around a very narrow and sinuous track.
Martins managed to gain as many as four positions during the second race of the Formula 3 Dutch GP weekend to eventually seize a maiden F3 win. Vesti, on his side, also showed good moves during both race 1 and race 2 as the Dane was able to exploit multiple overtaking opportunities, losing and re-gaining positions throughout the two events.
“I think we were not expecting to overtake that much or have that kind of opportunity going into Turn 1,” Martins said.
“Today, the DRS was really powerful and I think when you have this experience, for example, I got Cohen many times, I got the DRS and I came back quite strongly, so I could see how much I was gaining.”
“I could really get that advantage, to have that much power from the DRS, and then going into Turn 3 we can see that there are a lot of opportunities and at the end.
“But at the end, we can see that going into the last corner, we don’t actually lose that much time when you are close to someone.
The Frenchman also emphasized that such a complex track requires clean driving throughout the event as the tiniest mistake could cost a lot, as was shown by some drivers that had painful experiences yesterday both in Formula 3 and Formula 1.
Nonetheless, the tire degradation is surprisingly low on the Dutch track, according to Martins. Keeping a clean line and avoiding mistakes can therefore have a major impact on the race, as the Frenchman showed it yesterday when he took advantage of a battle involving Ido Cohen and Vesti to overtake the latter.
“We don’t have that much degradation, but I think you can really do mistakes quite easily, Martins added.
“We are all on the edge, so I think we can make some moves at some point quite – not easily, but if you keep it clean you can have some opportunities that we were not expecting.”
On his side, Vesti was also enthusiastic regarding the circuit. The Dane appreciated the overtaking difficulty making it harder and more daring to make maneuvers but thinks the circuit is allowing close and clean racing thanks to the possibility drivers have to closely follow each other even in the most tricky parts of the circuit.
“I would say actually this track is a lot better for the weekend than I expected. For sure, quali would be fun on a track like this, but I don’t think anyone expected that the races would be this exciting and fun,” Vesti said.
“Something that really surprised me was how close you can follow on this track, even in the fast corners, [Turns] 7 and 8, you can really follow close compared to other tracks.
“I was actually really surprised both in race one and in race two, we have been able to overtake, not easily but it’s possible, and especially if you’re strong through Turn 13 and you have DRS.
“It’s mega, and I think this track really suits the championship well, I’m really happy to race here.”