Mercedes junior Vesti joins Pourchaire in F2 team

Jamie Woodhouse
Mercedes junior Frederik Vesti talks to Toto Wolff. Italy, September 2021.

Mercedes junior driver Frederik Vesti talks to Formula 1 team boss Toto Wolff. Italy, September 2020.

Mercedes Young Driver Frederik Vesti will make the step up to Formula 2 for the upcoming 2022 season with ART.

The 20-year-old Danish racer first linked-up with Mercedes in January 2021, heading into the Formula 3 season with backing from the most successful team of Formula 1’s turbo-hybrid era.

Switching from Prema to ART Grand Prix for the 2021 campaign, Vesti repeated his P4 finish in the standings, taking one race win and one pole position, a drop from three victories in two fewer races in the prior season.

Nonetheless, Vesti has secured the opportunity to make the move up to Formula 2, remaining with ART, where he will partner Sauber junior Theo Pourchaire.

18-year-old Pourchaire was in contention for an Alfa Romeo F1 seat in 2022, having won two races in his rookie F2 campaign with ART, but will remain with the team, tasked by Alfa Romeo team boss Frederic Vasseur with winning the F2 title.

Vesti then, will be hoping to deny his team-mate that honour.

Reacting to the announcement, Vesti said: “To sign my FIA Formula 2 contract with ART Grand Prix is a big thing for me.

“We worked incredibly hard in F3 last season and to continue the progress into Formula 2 together is important for my next step.

“Now it is crucial to understand all the small details of Formula 2 to achieve the maximum in 2022.

“Testing in Abu Dhabi went really well, and I learned a lot of new things. I can’t wait to be in the car for the first test in Bahrain! I want to thank ART Grand Prix for this great opportunity and for believing in me.”


After the pre-season test in Bahrain, Formula 2 then moves on to contest a 14-round season, which for 2022 has returned to the original format of a sprint and a feature race, sharing race weekends with Formula 3, which will hold a nine-round campaign.

For 2021 both series had operated on exclusive weekends on the Formula 1 calendar, expanding to a three-race format.