Prema celebrates team’s title
Prema Theodore Racing sealed the 2018 FIA Formula European Championship team’s title. It was as a result of the two more victories claimed in race two and three at the Red Bull Ring by Mick Schumacher and Robert Shvartzman.
The Russian rookie scored his maiden victory in the series in race three, ahead of Schumacher and third placed Motopark’s Jonathan Aberdein. Shvartzman won the dash to the first corner from Schumacher and went into the lead. During the first few laps, Schumacher tried to attack his team mate, but the latter defended successfully and stayed in front. Behind the two Prema drivers, Aberdein slotted into third place from Marcus Armstrong and Daniel Ticktum. Eventually the Brit secured the fourth place. With his second-place finish, Schumacher scored valuable points and extended his lead from his rival Ticktum in the drivers’ standings to 49 points with two races remaining.
Schumacher won the second race of the weekend, when he finished ahead of Armstrong and Shvartzman. The German took the lead at the start from his team mates. The first safety car intervention of the race, caused by Keyvan Soori Andres and Sebastian Fernandez on the opening lap, didn’t change that order. A contact between Artem Petrov and Alex Palou in the duel for eleventh place on lap 17, led to the second safety car intervention. Schumacher also remained in control during the second restart of the race and maintained his lead. Behind him, Armstrong had to defend his second place against his charging teammate Shvartzman, which he did with success. The safety car came out a third time following a collision involving Ticktum, Sacha Fenestraz and Jehan Daruvala on lap 21. All three drivers involved in the incident retired while Schumacher celebrated his fifth consecutive victory soon after that.