Vivien Keszthelyi becomes the first Hungarian woman in Formula 3
Vivien Keszthelyi scored points again in Audi Sport TT Cup, but the youngest member of the series travelled home from Spielberg with sad feelings, after she was disqualified on the second race after a mistake by the stewards.
The start was difficult for the 16 years old Hungarian driver at the Austrian GP circuit, as her engineer announced a day before the arrival that he could not be there at Red Bull Ring. Vivien finished P14 on Friday’s free practice and then also on Saturday’s qualifying, but she was faster from Friday to Saturday, so there were positive signs before the first race. The race started well, starting from P14, after a great start, she presented several overtakes, then she was in the eighth position. With two laps before the chequered flag her brakes failed, therefore she finished P10 and collected nine more points. After the race it was shown that the Debrecen-born driver could have gone even higher – without the brake failure – since overall she had been driving more than half a second better than qualifying. Vivien Keszthelyi has now 46 points, and at this age no any other Hungarian driver collected as many points as she in an international series before.
As in the first race, in the second Vivien battled again with Kevin Arnold. The german driver hit Vivien’s car on the straight after the first corner, but the stewards punished the Hungarian with a drive through penalty. Vivien had problems with her radio even before the race so she did not hear that she has a penalty and as her team showed her on a board that she has to come to the pits, the stewards already decided to give her black flag.
After the race Vivien Keszthelyi and her team requested a review of the decision, and the internal camera recordings clearly proved that the Hungarian driver did not commit any offense, so her punishment and subsequent exclusion weren not right.
Unfortunately this does not bring new points to Vivien, who was disappointed, but extremely motivated to wait for the closing weekend of TT Cup, which will be held at Hockenheim between 13 and 15 October.