The fourth round of the FIA Formula 3 championship took place at Silverstone this weekend. Robert Shwartzman and Marcus Armstrong were front runners with the Russian driver putting a lot of points in the bag thanks to a fifth place in Race-1 and a fine second in Race-2, courtesy of an impressive push up the order.
Robert. Schwarzman was sixth in qualifying, then gritted his teeth to make up one place in Race-1, running at a very good pace in the closing stages. “I suffered a bit in the early part,” explained Robert, “as it was difficult to get the tyres up to temperature. Then I picked up the pace, but the race was then static for a long while because of the Safety Car and that meant the problem of cold tyres returned. All the same I finished in a good position, picking up points and able to plan for a strong second race.” Finishing fifth meant Shwartzman started the second race from fourth on the grid and in the second half, he went on the attack, gaining two places on laps 14 and 15. His second place means Robert leaves Silverstone still leading the series on 112 points.
Marcus. Armstrong’s Silvertone weekend got off to a very good start, as he did brilliantly to qualify second, just 96 thousandths off pole position. “Unfortunately, in Race 1 my start was not the best,” explained Marcus. “A lot of cars came past, but I wasn’t too worried, because I knew my race pace would be good, which proved to be the case after the opening laps. I closed on the two leaders, but at half distance there was a Virtual and a real Safety Car which didn’t do me any favours. In the closing stages I maintained third place, which is a good result nevertheless.” Armstrong completed his Silverstone weekend, coming fourth in Race 2, the same position in which he finds himself in the Championship classification, on 79 points.
The next round is in Hungary in three weeks time.