PREMA Racing didn’t experience an easy qualifying session at Silverstone, as the British Grand Prix venue saw teams and drivers of the FIA Formula 2 Championship go on-track for round 7 of the 2019 season. It all started with a first-lap contact in which Sean Gelael was involved in Free Practice, and that forced him to call it right away. The Indonesian could not collect any form of feedback, and on such a complex and freshly-repaved circuit that cost the team dearly.
Mick Schumacher qualified in 13th place as he went for an alternative strategy but unfortunately his second run was jeopardised by a train of slower cars that were warming up tires. On the other hand, in qualifying Gelael paid the price of the aforementioned lack of running. In the end, he had to settle for an 18th place. PREMA Racing showed it knows how to recover though, and for Schumacher and Gelael it is now time to capitalize on a good race pace to take the most out of the weekend.
# 9 - Mick Schumacher
“We felt very comfortable in the car immediately this morning in Free Practice, for the first time in a long time, so even if it did not show so much on the time sheets this was very positive. Unfortunately, my teammate was not able to collect data due to an incident so it was a bit difficult for me to prepare for various strategies which we had aimed. In Qualifying then, coming to the second run, we tried to do a different strategy by running in the gap. Unfortunately, towards Becketts we were running into a train of cars which were not on their fast lap. I really think that we could have done a good lap and could have made it into the top eight. Even if it may sound as a setback, I take it as a lesson learned and just focus onto tomorrow and try to make the best out of the good race pace we had in the past weekends.”
#10 - Sean Gelael
“Qualifying was definitely the result of not doing the free practice. Especially on a track like Silverstone where there’s a lot of high-speed corners and a lot has changed - the track compared to last year is two seconds quicker - it’s hard to adapt doing only three laps. The gap to Mick is only 5 tenths in the end but we both want to be a bit higher. I think what happened in practice was unfair to our potential. Luckily the race tomorrow will be super long. It will be interesting to see how the track conditions will be in the afternoon with the tires we have. We just have to keep digging, keep fighting, and I think a points finish can be possible.”