Shwartzman on Front Row
PREMA will start the Feature Race from the front row with Russian driver Robert Shwartzman in Barcelona.
The rookie led the way after the opening run with the first set of tyres, then kept his name at the front of the charts in the second stint. He managed to take a front row start in what will be his best start in Formula 2.
Shwartzman said: “It has been quite a hot session. I’m really happy with how I improved from free practice, it was a pretty big step. The car balance was really good even if we still have a few things I would like to improve. Generally, we have a great pace and both runs were consistent. Unfortunately, the second was not fast enough to get pole. Indeed, P2 is a good place to start tomorrow. It feels great to have such a solid starting point after two challenging weeks at Silverstone. We just need to focus on a good start and not make any mistake.”
Meanwhile, Mick Schumacher will also start the Feature Race on the front three rows. The German driver will start the race in fifth, continuing on with his practice form.
Mick Schumacher said: “With a fifth place on the grid, we are close to the front and in a decent starting position to fight for the podium tomorrow. My first attempt today was very good and with five drivers within a tenth of a second, it was incredibly close halfway through the session. Unfortunately, I couldn’t improve with the second set of tyres. I’m really looking forward to the race because we made a very strong impression in free practice today.”
With the heat and tyre degradation becoming a factor, the races will be challenging and strategy will play a massive part in deciding the winners.
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