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It was a mixed Formula 2 qualifying session for PREMA Racing at Silverstone on Friday.

Mick Schumacher will start the fourth feature race of the Formula 2 Championship in third place. The German driver made the most of his final stint and stormed back to the front end of the grid. His pace, and the row two start, makes him a threat for the long feature race.

Mick Schumacher said: “That was really fun! The car felt great again, and I am very happy that this was reflected in the time’s monitor. Third place is a very good starting position for tomorrow’s race.

“After two podium finishes in Budapest, we are all hungry for more. Our good pace leaves us pretty confident because we’ve always been able to add a bit more in the race so far.”

Meanwhile, Robert Shwartzman finished qualifying down in 18th place. A troubled run which included a tough timing call for track position and heavy traffic on his lap. The championship leader will not be pleased with having to settle for a row nine start.

Shwartzman said: “It’s been a disappointing day, to be honest. Traffic was the biggest issue for sure, but there is a lot we have to improve. We didn’t have the best timing going out of the pits, and in general, a lot of things did not click.

“When the lap times are so close, these issues can cost you a lot of positions. We have to improve and keep focused. We know that if we work well, we can fight back.”

With tyre degradation expected to be massive, strategy opportunities will create more chances for PREMA to recover and some excellent action for their drivers.

*Image Credits: (C) Formula Motorsport Limited

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