Robert Shwartzman and Marcus Armstrong both had a very successful time of it at the final FIA Formula 3 International test session prior to the start of the 2019 season. The two FDA students were clearly well prepared, as could be seen from the results of their two days of testing at the Hungaroring circuit as the pre-season work comes to a close.
Fastest. Shwartzman ended the two days in Hungary with the fastest time of all (1’30”746) which he set in the morning of the second day at the end of a qualifying simulation. Armstrong ended the first day at the top of the time sheet with a 1’31”410, getting it down to 1’31”122 the following day.
Over 700 km each. The race simulations also went well, with Shwartzman and Armstrong tackling them on the two afternoons, as they got through the full programme planned by the Prema team engineers, without making any mistakes. They therefore have plenty of useful long-run data, from a total of 163 laps completed by the two drivers over the two days, equivalent to around 700 kilometres each.
On to Barcelona. With pre-season work over, the team and drivers now head for Barcelona for the first round of the championship, which takes place on the same weekend – 10 to 12 May – as the Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix.