Marcus Armstrong delivered a perfect race 2 for PREMA Racing today at Hungaroring, ending the fifth round of the 2019 FIA Formula 3 Championship on a high note. The New Zealander, who celebrated his 19th birthday on the week before the event, took off perfectly from the reverse grid pole and then sailed towards his maiden victory with a commanding pace.
The race didn’t feature many passing opportunities, but Indian Jehan Daruvala made the most out of a good start and the following incidents to score a 7th place after starting from the 11th position on the grid.
Championship leader Robert Shwartzman was forced to retire after finishing fourth yesterday in race 1. The 19-year-old Russian made contact with Drugovich while fighting for a possible podium position. Shwartzman is still leading the championship as the series heads into a small summer break which will be followed by the traditional event at Spa-Francorchamps.
# 26 - Marcus Armstrong
“My start was good but Leonardo’s one must have been spectacular because he was alongside me at the first corner. He did a good job staying alongside me in turn 2 but I put my foot in and kept the position. From that point on it was a straightforward race. I tried not to burn the tires too much and enjoyed driving around with all the track for myself. We have had this pace all season long but finally today we had the chance to run in clean air. I was hoping for exactly what happened today. I still think I need to make a step in terms of my performance because I want to be winning race 1, not race 2, but we could have done that this weekend if I hadn’t made some mistakes in qualy. The car was strong and I felt really confident. I think we will only go upwards from now.”
# 27 - Jehan Daruvala
"Not much happened in race 2. I overtook a couple of drivers, then others crashed so I eventually ended up in seventh place, scoring some points. It hasn't been an ideal weekend with how qualifying went, but I'm just looking forward to a nice summer break and to get a fresh start in the next round at Spa-Francorchamps."
# 28 - Robert Shwartzman
"It has been a race to forget but also one to learn from. Overall it hasn’t been the right weekend for us. I started well from fourth place. In the beginning, I tried to make a move on Drugovich but couldn’t quite complete it. Then the tires started to fade a bit and I struggled to stay close in the last couple of corners. With seven laps to go, he made a mistake in turn 1, so I tried to go around the outside and we touched. We spoke and he didn’t think I was so close alongside him, so I didn’t get any room. At the last moment, I tried to brake to avoid the contact but it was too late. I touched his tire with my front wing and had to come back to the pits. I’m sorry for the team and for the points we lost. We could have been on the podium today, but these things happen. I think we can only improve from this weekend. We will relax a little and then we will get back to work. I think I will be fully prepared for Spa, Monza and Sochi."