R08 Monza – FIA Formula 2 Race Preview
The FIA Formula 2 Championship is coming to a highly-anticipated Italian stint this weekend, as the series will line-up for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza before moving, one week later, to Mugello. PREMA Racing is delighted to race at home for two consecutive weeks and looks forward to being back into action at the Autodromo coming out of a memorable weekend at Spa-Francorchamps.
Back in Belgium, 20-year-old Russian Robert Shwartzman took home the win in race 2 to reclaim the lead of the championship. Now at the same venue that gave him a decisive win in his bid for the F3 title, he is hoping to retain and extend his advantage. It will not be an easy task by any means. With long, fast straights and low downforce configurations, Monza often provides action-packed races, and all that fighting can often lead to unpredictable results.
Mick Schumacher is coming from a positive streak too. The 21-year-old scored six podium finishes this year, including three consecutive ones between Barcelona and Spa and a second place in the Ardennes. He is fully-focused on chasing his first win of the season as soon as possible.
While the team will miss its friendly crowd at Monza, the round will always keep its special flavour, and everyone will be super motivated to make the difference on race weekend.
Rene Rosin – Team Principal
“We are coming to a very important phase of the championship which coincides with two rounds on Italian soil. While we are happy to race so close to home, we are aware many challenges are awaiting us and not making mistakes will become even more crucial from now on. It was great to see our cars be so competitive in the last couple of rounds. Now we have to take from there and maintain the same pace throughout the final part of the year.”
Source | Photo: PREMA Racing