It wasn’t the day PREMA Theodore Racing expected at Spa-Francorchamps. Despite yesterday's great qualifying performance, contacts hampered the team’s results in the first day of racing at the Belgian venue. In race 1, Ralf Aron made the most of his chances, scoring a third place and securing many valuable points for the championship. Unfortunately, the Estonian was sent spinning by one of his contenders in race 2 and had to retire while in the lead.
The team’s top finisher in the second race was Russian Robert Shwartzman, who brought home the fourth place after fighting for the podium. Not far from him, Marcus Armstrong secured sixth place at the end of a spectacular recovery after being involved in a first-lap melee that took out of contention Mick Schumacher and Guanyu Zhou. On the other hand, the German delivered an amazing recovery from P16 to P5 in race 1, while the Chinese racer was stopped by another contact.
# 1 - Guanyu Zhou
“Definitely not our day. Ending up out of the race twice due to contact is obviously far from optimal, but this is racing and things can turn sideways pretty quickly. I will do my best to rebound in race 3 starting from pole.”
# 4 - Mick Schumacher
“Obviously I’m disappointed about what happened in the second race. Starting from my maiden pole, having to retire due to a puncture following a contact with a team-mate obviously isn’t ideal. Now we re-start from this morning’s great recovery from P16 to fifth place. All we have to do is focus on tomorrow’s race 3.”
# 7 - Ralf Aron
“Race 1 was a bit hectic. I believe that I was a bit too cautious in the early stages. After the restart, I was able to move back up into third place. Then, I tried to close up to Jehan and Alex, but I was unable to do so without a slipstream. Instead, Enaam Ahmed was able to close up to me and we tangled in the battle. Therefore, I am pretty happy that I have made it to the finish in third place. In race 2 I was punted by another car while leading. Clearly, it is a tough break but there are still chances to take home some very valuable points tomorrow.”
# 8 - Marcus Armstrong
“It was definitely not an easy day. In race 1 I had to retire following to a contact, and in race 2 I was caught in a melee at the start. Still, I managed to fight back to P6 which is pretty ok.”
# 10 - Robert Shwartzman
“It’s been a tough day as I’ve been experiencing some struggles in putting our full potential to fruition, but eventually I could fight my way to a fourth-place finish in race 2.”