Shwartzman stays with Prema
Prema Racing is now all set for the 2019 FIA Formula 3 Championship. The team announced that Robert Shwartzman will return to its line-up for the second consecutive year after making strides in the 2018 European F3 competition. The 19-year-old from Saint Petersburg pulled out a massive recovery in the second part of the year to take third place overall and a commanding win in the rookie championship.
Shwartzman secured 11 podium finishes throughout the season including two wins and also recorded three pole positions, keeping momentum high and confirming the great potential he already expressed in junior single seaters. The Russian, supported by the SMP Racing program and part of the Ferrari Driver Academy, will join an incredibly skilled grid at the beginning of a highly anticipated new era for Formula 3.
“We are elated to retain Robert for the 2019 season. He has huge talent and sheer speed so we think he can be one of those men who make the difference in motorsport“, Prema Racing Team Principal René Rosin said, “We are looking forward to seeing him at work in the new environment, which will give our drivers an occasion to thrive and enhance their skills and experience. We are equally delighted for the continued trust and support from SMP Racing and the Ferrari Driver Academy. We will do our utmost to help Robert and his teammates to succeed at the highest level.”