PREMA Theodore Racing experienced another exciting day at Nürburgring. After locking out the front row for the opening race of the FIA Formula 3 Championship weekend, the Italian squad stayed on the move when the lights went off and delivered a 1-2 finish. Mick Schumacher was the star of the day, cruising to the lead at the first corner and securing his fourth win in as many rounds. Pole-sitter Robert Shwartzman eventually crossed the finishing line in second place, ending up in the slipstream of his team-mate.
Schumacher and Shwartzman continued to show dominant form during the afternoon, topping the qualifying 2 session and locking out the front row of both race 2 and 3.
Ralf Aron, who was starting from P5, climbed up to third place right away but eventually dropped back to fifth after a hard-fought battle. Making the most of the start and a re-start following an early safety-car, Ferrari Driver Academy men Marcus Armstrong and Guanyu Zhou gained a massive amount of positions compared to their penalty-affected starting spots.
Armstrong, who was taking-off from P18, ended up in a stunning sixth place, while Zhou scored seventh place. The New Zealander took a fourth and a fifth place on the grids for the final two races of the weekend.
# 1 - Guanyu Zhou
"In Race 1 I made a huge comeback from P15 to the points zone but coming to qualifying 2 we were struggling a lot. So far this hasn’t been my weekend. We hope to move forward tomorrow."
# 4 - Mick Schumacher
“My start was good and I managed to move up into the lead fairly quickly. Then, I tried to save my tyres as well as I could. Of course, I am very happy with this victory and with the 25 points that get me up into second place of the drivers’ standings and I can't wait for race 2 and 3, when I will be starting from pole.”
# 7 - Ralf Aron
"I had a good start in race 1 and fought my way up to P3. Unfortunately, I was lacking some pace, so I dropped back to P5 and we couldn’t find much more for Q2. We will fight as hard as we can tomorrow."
# 8 - Marcus Armstrong
"We started from P18 and ended up sixth so it was not too bad, I gained 11 places at the first corner, still don't know how, and I definitely can't complain. Life goes on, we finished fourth and fifth in qualifying 2, it's not perfect but we can fight from there to take home some good points."
# 10 - Robert Shwartzman
“Both at the start and at the restart after the safety car intervention, I made a mistake. At the start, I had to let Mick pull away and at the restart, I had to defend my second place. As the race went on, I could close up to Mick again, partly because my car was really good. However, I was no longer in a position to overtake him. Generally, I am happy with second place, I just have to practice the starts a little bit more. I'm looking forward to race 2 and 3 starting from the front row.”