Shwartzman scores his first win in FIA F3, Prema wins the teams title
In the third FIA Formula 3 European Championship race at the 4.318 kilometres long Red Bull Ring, nobody was faster than Robert Shvartzman (PREMA Theodore Racing). The Russian rookie scored his maiden victory in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. Mick Schumacher (PREMA Powerteam), the leader in the drivers’ standings, took the chequered flag in second place from Jonathan Aberdein (Motopark). For the PREMA Theodore Racing team, this result was enough to seal an early title in the 2018 FIA Formula 3 European Championship teams’ classification.
Robert Shvartzman won the dash to the first corner from Mick Schumacher and went into the lead. During the first few laps, Schumacher tried to attack his Russian teammate, but the latter defended successfully and stayed in front. Behind the two Prema drivers, Jonathan Aberdein slotted into third place from Marcus Armstrong (PREMA Theodore Racing) and Daniel Ticktum (Motopark). The Brit overtook the rookie from New Zealand on lap two and secured fourth place.
Later on, Shvartzman slightly pulled clear from Schumacher and maintained his gap until crossing the finish line. Thus, the Ferrari-backed young driver secured his maiden victory in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship after having finished either second or third in the five previous races. With his second-place finish, Schumacher scored valuable points and thus extended his lead from his fiercest rival Ticktum in the drivers’ standings, the Brit having finished fourth. Armstrong, Ferdinand Habsburg (Carlin), Jehan Daruvala (Carlin), Jüri Vips (Motopark), Ralf Aron (PREMA Theodore Racing) and Alex Palou (Hitech Bullfrog GP) rounded out the top ten.
Now, participants in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship have time until mid-October to prepare for the decisive round in the battle for the title at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg.
Robert Shvartzman (PREMA Theodore Racing): “Winning an FIA Formula 3 European Championship race is an incredible feeling. We have worked hard for this and beating Mick wasn’t easy. My better start was the key. Moreover, it was nice from him that le left me room in the first corner. After that, I had a good rhythm and I managed to hold on to first place until the finish. Of course, the team has played a huge role as well as it gave me a great car. Congratulations to the entire team on having won the teams’ title.”
Mick Schumacher (PREMA Theodore Racing): “Also from me congratulations to the team, winning the teams’ title is great. Everyone on and off the track has worked hard to achieve this and has done a great job. In this race, Robert was very good while my start wasn’t optimal. After that, my speed was very good as well which shows that I had the potential to win this race, too.”
Jonathan Aberdein (Motopark): “The story of my race is a brief one: I had a good start and then tried to keep Daniel behind me. That worked out well and thus, I finished third. Third place is a nice result, especially as I think that, compared to us, the Prema team had an advantage here.”
Original: FIA Formula 3