PREMA Racing brought home another podium finish today in Race 2 of the FIA Formula 3 Championship at Silverstone. The Italian squad performed well on the classic British circuit, with Russian Ferrari Driver Academy driver Robert Shwartzman posting a spectacular second place, fighting back in the second part of the race and almost catching up with the leader thanks to a superior pace.
It was a solid run for the team's three drivers although Indian Jehan Daruvala couldn't make the most out of it due to a late contact that put him out of contention. Up to that point, his pace proved once again excellent.
Marcus Armstrong recovered well up to the fourth place with good racecraft, securing valuable points. The New Zealander, also an FDA graduate, has gained momentum in the overall driver standings. Thanks to today's result, including the fastest lap of the race, Shwartzman bounced back to a hefty lead in driver points, while PREMA Racing further increased its margin atop the team competition.
# 26 - Marcus Armstrong
“I got a good start, better than yesterday, and then got run a little wide by Robert. I lost a position to Jehan and then the race was in formation because we all had a similar pace and it’s difficult to go forwards when you have two Prema teammates in front of you. In the end, I got lucky with two drivers crashing in front and then I overtook Lungaard. I had clear space on the last lap and the car was really strong, we had so much pace and it has been disappointing not to finish on the podium. Anyway, that’s racing and we will get back strong next time.”
# 27 - Jehan Daruvala
"To round out the weekend, the result was quite disappointing. Not finishing the race was a disappointment from my side but this kind of things happens in racing. What I'm pleased about is that the speed was good and we were fighting for the podium again in the sprint race from P7. It has been a good weekend, we scored good points. I'm not going to put myself back at all, I'm keeping my head down and keep attacking for the next rounds."
# 28 - Robert Shwartzman
"Generally I’m really happy because at the beginning it wasn’t good for me, but then we improved a lot and towards the end we were the quickest. At the beginning it was tough, I was expecting to be a little more forwards, I was in a fight with Pulcini and was on the wrong side of the track. Then in the first half of the race, I was struggling with rear degradation. I had quite a bit of oversteer in the fast corners. At some point, I just decided I needed some gap and I tried to revive my rear tires. They got back and after that, the car was perfect in terms of the balance. I started pushing. I attacked Lungaard and then I got Piquet. The goal was to get a good gap and score the fastest lap which we achieved. At that point, I got closer and closer to Pulcini but he was too far away. I’m happy for the improvement we had. This has never been the best track for me, but we progressed as a team, and I really thank Prema. It’s really important to feel that energy of being the quickest. It was a solid weekend, now we just need to win in the coming races…"