This weekend, the Sochi circuit hosts the final round of the FIA Formula 3 Championship and it’s going to be special for Robert Shwartzman the 20 year old Ferrari Driver Academy (FDA) student. He is the current leader, on 180 points from the seven rounds so far. That total is the result of some great drives and consistency which has meant he’s been a front runner at every round. He has three wins and a total of eight podium finishes to his name. Robert will have to manage the pressure, something that his continued progress throughout the year will have prepared him for.
Debut. Shwartzman and indeed Marcus Armstrong will both be making their debut at the semi-permanent track that has hosted the Russian Grand Prix since 2014. The 5.848 kilometre track features a very fast first sector, the most demanding part being Turn 3 and will be an interesting challenge in a Formula 3 car. Another factor to consider will be the weather, with the current forecast predicting a high chance of rain.
Final sprint. The final sprint for the title sees Shwartzman go head to head with his team-mate, Jehan Daruvala, who is 33 points behind, while the FDA’s Armstrong will be battling it our for third place in the series, fighting Juri Vips, currently third on 122 points, three more than the New Zealander. It’s going to be an exciting battle, which gets underway at 13 local time on Friday with qualifying followed by Race-1 on Saturday at 10.15. That will be Shartzman’s first “match point” prior to the final race of the season, which starts on Sunday at 9.55 local.