The inaugural qualifying session for the FIA Formula 3 Championship has been outstanding for PREMA Racing today at Circuit de Barcelona. Three of the team's drivers ended up into the top-4 at the end of the session, with Russian Robert Shwartzman cruising to take pole position for tomorrow's feature race.
The 19-year-old driver, a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy, delivered his fastest lap in the closing moments of the season to take the lead, while team-mate and fellow FDA racer Marcus Armstrong ended not far away at all. The Kiwi posted P3 in front of India's Jehan Daruvala, who was at his first race outing for PREMA Racing. Overcoming a red flag situation in the early stages of the session, the team showed impressive potential since practice and is now looking forward to keeping the same momentum on race day.
# 26 - Marcus Armstrong
"We ended up P3, not a bad result. First of all, the car is unreal and I'm really happy with the balance. The team did a mega job, and the fact that this is our first race in the new F3 makes it pretty special. Maybe I didn't do the best job, but it was good enough for third place, and the championship is long. Vamos!"
# 27 - Jehan Daruvala
"I think it has been a good session. Obviously, having three drivers in the top-4 is great for the team. It was also our first qualifying, and I'm satisfied to be on the second row. It could have been better, but I'll take P4 to start the year. Now we have two races ahead, and I just hope we will all get out of turn 1 cleanly so we can just race each other."
# 28 - Robert Shwartzman
"We started off quite well even though we caught a red flag after the first warm lap. I was a bit confused about the strategy we were going to use, but I was just focused on giving my 100 per cent in that one lap which then happened. I had three runs, I did my maximum in all of them and I'm absolutely happy for ending up on pole. The car was simply perfect and even compensated for my mistakes. Thanks to the team for the mega job, tomorrow is the most important day, so we will push even harder to fight for the win."