Prema Get One-Two in Sprint Race at Spa
PREMA wrapped up a great weekend in Spa-Francorchamps with a one-two in the Sprint Race, after a double top-five finish in race one.
Robert Shwartzman had a brilliant start to the Sprint Race, jumping from fourth to third. The Russian was gifted the lead after the two leaders collided in front of him. From then onwards he showed a dominant performance and stayed out of trouble to take the fastest lap on the way to his third win of the season. Along with the win, Shwartzman also reclaimed his championship lead.
Robert Shwartzman said: “I’m really happy that we finally went back to winning after Hungaroring. I got a good start and took P3 out of turn 1. I saw that the drivers in front were quite aggressive with each other, so I didn’t want to be involved. In addition, I decided to keep more life into my tyres. The two cars in front eventually collided and I used the opportunity to get past. After the safety-car, I tried to get the best re-start possible and then the goal was to keep the pace and open the largest possible gap. Eventually, the pace was really good and the gap quite big. We also took the points for the fastest lap which are also important. I want to thank the team because we worked a lot this weekend and it’s great to have a team that supports the driver to also try new things.”
Mick Schumacher also showed his brilliance as he started sixth. He’s start wasn’t impressive but the German managed to cruise to second place with some great passes, holding onto the position until the end of the race. It was the German’s sixth podium of the season, his second of the Belgium weekend.
Mick Schumacher said: “Spa certainly does remain my favourite track. It’s great to have finished on the podium here yet again. Although my start wasn’t that good and I lost a position, I felt very comfortable in the car. I was able to attack throughout the race and could overtake five cars in total, finishing P2 after all. The team have made a brilliant job over the entire weekend in setting up such a greatly balanced car. Now I can’t wait to race again in Monza in only six days’ time.”
PREMA is heading home for the next two rounds in Italy and will hope the one-two will give them momentum for both the Italian rounds.
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