PREMA Racing had a challenging day at Bahrain International Circuit as the FIA Formula 2 Championship went back underway for qualifying of Round 11 at the desert venue.
Teams and drivers went on-track after an unexpected and brief rainfall hit Al Sakhir this morning, in a session that was disrupted by two red flags.
Mick Schumacher ended up with the 10th fastest lap time. The 21-year-old German, who is lining up for the weekend as the championship leader, will start from the fifth row.
Russian Robert Shwartzman will start four spots back in P14. The 21-year-old racer had one lap deleted early in the running, and like his teammate had a hard time extracting the maximum out of his racecar, struggling with grip.
#20– Mick Schumacher
“Qualifying today did not go as we had wished for it to happen unfortunately, so we cannot be totally satisfied. When I went out with my second set of tyres, we had made a small adjustment to the car which did not bring us what we had expected, and also I did not get a perfect lap together. We willhave a deep dive into our data in order to develop a good basis and plan for tomorrow’s race when I will give it my all. I know we will fight as best as we can.”
#21– Robert Shwartzman
“It was not a good qualifying at all for us. Generally, the feeling with the car is just not there, and we can't seem to understand the issue. There is simply no grip and the car feels uncomfortable and nervous to drive. What I had expected to improve, just did not really improve. We need to work within the team to figure out where the issue is. I hope we will understand it as quick as possible to find time and speed.”