A tight and spectacular sprint race handed PREMA Racing a double points finish at Red Bull Ring as the FIA Formula 2 Championship rounded out its first weekend of the year. After cruising to his first series podium in race 1, Robert Shwartzman took fourth place making the most of the situation on the Austrian circuit. Once again, having trains of cars on DRS made attacking really difficult, and the lengthy safety-car situations added up to that. The 20-year-old Russian exits the weekend second in championship points.
Mick Schumacher had an equally positive day. Starting from the 11th place, the German moved back through the pack at the beginning with attacking pace to end up in the 7th position showing a highly-competitive pace. PREMA Racing will now remain stationed at Red Bull Ring in Spielberg for the first back-to-back weekend at the same venue in F1 and F2 history.
“Today has shown again: the speed in the car is right. Although the many safety car phases disturbed the rhythm a bit, we still managed to make up four positions and move up to seventh place. In terms of speed, there would have been even more in it, but Nobuharu defended his position without compromise, so there was no chance for me to pass. I'm happy that it's going to continue in only five days' time because the car feels really good on this track.”
“It was a positive race with a good start. I can say I learned how to start here so hopefully, I can continue as I did now. In turn three, I was squeezed out by another car so I lost one position. After getting by Alesi, I found myself in P5. Throughout the race, I did my best to pass Ticktum but there have been a lot of safety car situations and that wasn't helping because as soon as we restarted, everybody was bunched together and it was really hard to pass. I was really close but never got the opportunity to make a move. This weekend was a positive starting point. We took some valuable points and we know what we can improve for the next round. Now it's just a matter of always getting in the top-5 or top-3 to jump up in the championship.”