Following Day 3 of pre-season testing in Bahrain for the FIA F2 Teams, PREMA seemed happy with their thorough program, including qualifying and race simulations plus practice starts and pit stops.
The Italian team put in the miles at the Bahrain International Circuit for the official three-day session, which will lead to the opening round of 2021 later this month.
This year Robert Shwartzman is joined by FIA Formula 3 Champion Oscar Piastri.
The main focus for the team other than the qualifying and full race simulations had been to gain knowledge and analyze the new-for-2021 hard-spec tyres.
Shwartzman seemed happy with his and the teams’ efforts over the week;
“Qualifying performance wasn’t bad, and the potential is there, we still have to improve a few things. I was generally satisfied with my performance in the race simulations, although the new hard tyres are much more complicated than the old ones.”
“We have less grip, and degradation is more difficult to control. Anyway, we got really close to our limit and to putting everything together, and we know where to work.”
“I’m looking forward to the season. I will line up with a fresh head, positive energy to try to be on top right from the start.”
Meanwhile, Australian Oscar Piastri would have been looking to do all of the above, with the addition of being in a brand new championship and car.
“Overall it was a very positive preseason test, and we learned a lot. Qualifying performance looks reasonably strong, while in terms of race pace, I’m still adapting to Formula 2 and its variables. I did my first two full feature race distances and we kept improving, so I’m excited for the opening round of the season.”
PREMA will no doubt be looking to retain their championships in 2021. We are all now focused on the first race weekend in a couple of weeks time.
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