The Chinese driver was a front runner in Budapest, as Shwartzman takes first F3 podium
Last weekend, the Budapest circuit hosted the second round of the European FIA Formula 3 Championship. At the end of a very close fought event, Guan Yu Zhou has moved up to second place in the championship, thanks to scoring points in all three races. A win eluded him, but he finished second in the first race, followed by a fourth and a fifth.
“The start of race one was very tight,” commented Zhou. “At turn 2, I regained a place I’d lost after the start and then I really had fun during the rest of the race. In the other two races, we managed to score valuable points, but I am not pleased with my starts: we had a problem with the clutch which we will have to sort out for the next rounds. Apart from that, my race pace was good and it was my most successful weekend ever in Formula 3, in terms of points scored.”
The Budapest weekend also saw rookie Robert Schwartzman secure his first podium finish in the category. The 18 year old Russian Ferrari Driver Academy student got a good start in race 1, which set him on the road to the podium.” The start was anything but simple,” commented Robert, “as I was on the damp side of the track. Initially, I lost a bit of momentum, but at the braking point for the first corner, I decided to keep to the inside line, being very careful on the entry and it proved to be the right decision, given that I came out third.”
As for Marcus Armstrong, he was out of luck and was unable to show his full potential this weekend. “In race 1, I got a great start but I was hit on the left rear wheel and that caused a puncture, which meant my race was over,” explained the New Zealander. “Thing went better in the second race, when I made it to second, which confirmed I had a great race pace. I could have hoped for more, but in Budapest, overtaking is almost impossible.” In the final race of the weekend, Armstrong’s race was definitely a short one, as a collision knocked him out at the start. “It’s disappointing to have missed out on plenty of points through no fault of our own,” concluded Marcus. “All we can do is turn the page and concentrate on the next rounds.”