Prema have rewarding weekend in Hungary
It was an incredibly rewarding weekend at the Hungaroring for PREMA as the third round of the Formula 2 championship finished with a double podium for Mick Schumacher. Race one winner Robert Shwartzman also gathered valuable points and held onto his championship lead.
The sprint race saw the pack start the race with dry tyres on a damp track. They faced a challenging run, but the toughest thing for the drivers was managing the tyre degradation. The situation with the tyres forced most of the field to make an unscheduled pitstop.
Schumacher, after making his way up to third with some great moves, made good use of his soft tyres to remain on the podium for the second day in a row.
PREMA’S German driver said: “Two podiums in two days – a great yield! Today it was mainly about tyre management, which worked very well for us. Due to the different strategies, there have been many position changes, and it was particularly important for me to overtake three cars after my pit stop so that I could concentrate on saving tyres again in the final phase. What the team delivered this weekend was sensational. It’s a real pity that there is now a one-week break because we are in great form.”
Shwartzman was another driver who opted for the pitstop and managed to finish fourth. He maximised the points with another consistent and trouble-free drive from eighth on the grid, putting his mark on the championship and extending his championship lead.
The Russian driver told PREMA’s media team: “In general, I’m delighted about the weekend. We scored eight points for P4 today, and 33 in total for the weekend. At the start, T1 it was just about surviving, and then I just attacked as much as I could. At first, I managed my tyres, but the front left started to go away soon, so we went for the pit-stop. I think it was the right call. I moved up to P4 with some good fights and tried to catch up with Mick [Schumacher], but tyre degradation came into play again, so I went back to management, keeping the position. [It was a] really good job by the team, even though qualifying was completely the opposite of the races. Now we need to prepare ourselves really well for Silverstone and do even better.”
PREMA have signed off the third round of the Formula 2 season. As they head towards a double event at Silverstone, PREMA have thanked the team’s personnel for the outstanding work and response to the extraordinary conditions both on track, with the weather, and in between races, with the limitations due to health concerns.
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