PREMA Racing brought home positive qualifying results at Monte Carlo, running in the group-split qualifying session for the FIA Formula 2 Championship weekend. Due to the size of the track, and in an effort to provide everybody with a fair chance, the group was divided into two groups. Group A featured the even-numbered cars and Oscar Piastri, driving the #2 car, fought his way to second place.
Robert Shwartzman entered the track for the second 16-minute segment. The 21-year-old won a nail-biting battle for P1 after trading places with his contenders. Since the fastest lap time of group 1 turned out to be the best overall, Shwartzman will start Saturday's feature race from P2 on the front row. Piastri will take off from P3, right behind his teammate.
Due to the reverse grid rules, Shwartzman will start from P9 in sprint race 1, with Piastri in P8.
#1 - Robert Shwartzman
"It has been a quite decent qualifying, but I have still mixed feelings. I didn't manage to put a proper lap together which I was dreaming about, but it was a good lap anyways. I made some mistakes, but it's P1 in the group and P2 overall, so a pretty solid position for the start. Now it is important to gain some experience in the first two races and then in the third race just do a proper start, gain the lead, keep a good pace and hopefully, we'll have a chance to win."
#2 - Oscar Piastri
"I'm pretty happy with P3 in qualifying here at Monaco, a bit better than Bahrain, which is nice. The team did a really good job obviously with Robert on top in his group and me P2 in mine. The main aim of the weekend was to qualify at the front, and we are situated there. Now we just need to keep our nose clean, hopefully raking the points and... have fun!"