Robert Shwartzman and Marcus Armstrong crossed the finish line in first and second place respectively at the end of a thrilling 22 lap FIA Formula 3 race in Monza, a great result for their Prema team and the FDA. Having qualified second and third, the two men were included in a group of no fewer than 17 drivers who were given penalties that completely redrew the grid.
Fourth row. Armstrong ended up starting from seventh and Shwartzman eighth on the grid and, as soon as the lights went out they both began a charge up the order. After four laps, Marcus was in the lead with his team-mate in his slipstream. On lap 10, the safety car came out for two laps and at the restart, Shwartzman got the better of Armstrong so their positions were reversed. A second appearance of the safety car meant that nothing changed from lap 20 and so Shwartzman won, setting the fastest lap on the way and Armstrong came home second. With Jejan Daruvala finishing third, the Prema team had a clean sweep of the podium positions.
Touching distance of title. Following Race 1, Shwartzman has extended his lead in the championship, with 179 points, while Armstrong moves up to third on 135. Race 2 takes place tomorrow, with the two FDA drivers staring from row four on the reversed order grid.