PREMA will fight tomorrow
After a mixed qualifying session on Friday, PREMA Racing had a challenging Feature Race at Silverstone. This means the Italian team are up against it in the fight for points on Sunday as they aim to keep up the challenge in both championships.
Mick Schumacher started the opening race of the weekend in third place and had a great start, taking the lead into Turn 1. He drove a solid opening stint before the strategies came into play. The German stopped early moving from the softer option tyres to the primes. However, he lost a few places and eventually suffered a massive drop in the tyre performance. He eventually finished ninth, missing out on reverse grid pole.
Schumacher said: “I had a great start and took the lead already before the first corner. Unfortunately, our tyre degradation was relatively high today, so that at the end with ninth place we didn’t get the result we’d hoped for. Now we will immediately start to analyse the data and try to improve the tyre management for tomorrow’s race.”
Robert Shwartzman started further down in 18th. He moved up straight away and gained positions using the reverse strategy, prime to option. The Russian finished the race 14th, where he will start the sprint race.
Shwartzman said: “It’s been a difficult race today and a difficult race weekend so far. I find myself struggling both with my driving and with the car. I was expecting it to be more stable and the tyres to last longer so now we need to do a lot of work to understand where and why we lost so much ground. We need some good motivation and having nothing to lose it’s time to try new things that hopefully can work better than the old.”
PREMA Racing is now set for another hard fight in the second, shorter, race of the weekend.
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