PREMA Racing secured a double points finish in Baku, as both Mick Schumacher and Sean Gelael made their way to the top-8 with solid runs at the fast Azerbaijani street circuit.
Schumacher had a great start, gaining valuable positions from the back of the grid, and quickly making his way to the top-10. Mastering the re-starts, the 20-year-old German continued to gain ground, taking advantage of the attrition and delivering a fine late re-start to secure fifth place, 14 positions up from his starting spot.
The start of Gelael was no short of outstanding too, as the 22-year-old racer rocketed his way from P3 on the grid to take the lead in turn 1. In the remaining part of the race, Gelael suffered from contact and was not helped by the following safety-car conditions. Navigating the usual Baku carnage, the Indonesian eventually crossed the finishing line in 8th place, clinching the second points finish of a still extremely positive weekend.
# 9 - Mick Schumacher
“Coming from where I started we can say it has been a positive race. The start was very good even though I was conservative as I thought there might be some chaos which actually happened. In general, though, the safety car situations didn’t help. Yes, they regrouped the cars, but the pace I had was really good and I felt I found a good window with the tires. We had the potential to go further forward. We can be happy with P5 and we also missed the fastest lap by just four thousands of a second. We didn’t maximise it in race 1, but we learned from that and now we will try to make another step forward.”
# 10 - Sean Gelael
“I had a good start and a good first restart. I was P1 five laps into the race and could battle with Latifi, but then I got contact with my rear right and, after that, I was struggling a lot more with the rears. Then one thing led to another…I could have done better in defending too. I think P5 was very possible. After leading the race, you shouldn’t be outside the top-3, even if pace-wise it would have been a bit more difficult. We’ll be back stronger in Barcelona.”