PREMA Racing scored two points finishes today at Silverstone as the FIA Formula 2 Championship went on track for their second Feature Race in two weekends at the British track. The pairing of Robert Shwartzman and Mick Schumacher improved their starting positions by putting up a competitive pace and generally delivering a consistent run on both tire compounds.
Both the German and the Russian went for an early long stint, before moving to the softer tyres late in the race and staying in close contact with their contenders. Schumacher ended up in the seventh place, followed by Shwartzman in P8. As a consequence, the Ferrari Driver Academy pairing will start from the front row of the reverse grid for the Sprint Race, which will provide a great chance to finalize a further step forward.
“Compared to last week, we made a step forward in terms of tyre management. Right at the start I was able to make up three places and was in 5th position. Today we opted for the alternative strategy, which is why I was able to take the lead after the early stops of the other cars. After my stop I dropped back a bit, but seventh place is okay and also brings us a good starting position for tomorrow's race.”
“In general I feel we have improved. We finished in P8, gained a few positions and ran at a consistently good pace. The first stint finished quite well, I was behind Mick and Mazepin with a more or less similar pace. After Mick pitted, I tried to stay out a little bit more, a couple of laps. The tyres were having a second life so they were coming back and I started to go quicker. The pitstop was quite good and when I went out on the option set we struggled a bit more. I couldn’t get past Mick because it’s so hard with the high downforce. The target for tomorrow, starting from P1, is to do the best possible job, start well and build a gap with good tyre management.”