Robert Shwartzman felt disappointed with his home qualifying session in FIA Formula 2 and believes his PREMA belongs in a higher starting position for Sunday’s race in Sochi.
The Russian driver was at the front row for the whole session, before sliding down to P3 with just less than a second gap to his teammate, Oscar Piastri, who will lead the pack in P1 with his first set of tyres.
He dropped to seventh in less than four minutes to start behind HWA Racelab’s Jake Hughes.
Shwartzman was expecting a better result with the car, and he felt like he could do something to finish in a higher position.
“In the beginning, the car felt quite strong, but I could never put the lap together.” assessed Shwartzman.
“I’m disappointed because I expected a much better result, and I feel we belonged to a higher position.”
An ever-hopeful Shwartzman aims to look forward to what he can achieve with the team this weekend.
Following the reverse grid format, he will be starting the opening race from P4, with the target of clinching silverware on home soil.
“Tomorrow, we anticipate tough conditions, and I will do my absolute best to adapt. Hopefully, we can still fight for podiums and wins.”
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