PREMA Racing scored a points finish with Mick Schumacher in race 1 of the FIA Formula 2 Championship at Hungaroring. The German started from fourth place and held the position at the start. Then traffic in the pit-lane and a virtual safety car cost him a couple of spots down to P6. In the end, the effort to fight back started to hurt the tires which brought Schumacher down to the eighth place, which at least will provide him with the front spot of tomorrow's reverse grid for race 2.
Sean Gelael put up a good pace running on an alternate strategy. While Schumacher had a short first stint on softer tires, the Indonesian went for a long first stint starting from 17th on the grid. He crossed the finishing line in P14 before being demoted to P15 by a pit speeding penalty coming from a pit limiter issue. On the other hand, his lap times, comparable with those of some top-5 runners, are a good sign ahead of tomorrow's sprint race.
#9 - Mick Schumacher
“It wasn't an easy race today, we have to admit that we underestimated the tyre wear a bit. The situation at the re-start was unfortunate; I looked up at the very instant when the signal went out on the steering wheel and missed the exact moment. For tomorrow we have to look into the data and work through the critical points we encountered in the race. Of course, the most positive result from the race today is that we start tomorrow from the first grid place, and I'll definitely do my best to hold that position. It will certainly be exciting, we have strong drivers next to us, but we'll give it all.”
#10 - Sean Gelael
"I think we both struggled in managing the tires and understanding them in the race. I had a different strategy compared to Mick. From my side, I could have been more patient overtaking in the fight with Hubert, because then Correa overtook me and I lost so much time there. The VSC didn't help as well so we finished P15, and also got a penalty due to an issue with the pit limiter. Anyway, considering the situation it was an okay race, we didn't fight back through the field as much as we would have wanted to and we need to look deeper for tomorrow."