PREMA wraps up Barcelona weekend with points finishes

PREMA Racing had a challenging weekend at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, home to the third round of the F1 Academy series. The team brought home some points finishes although it could not battle for the podium this weekend.

Coming back from a break for injury, Doriane Pin posted a fifth place in Race 2 to hold onto second place in the championship. In Race 1, the French racer got stuck at the start but fought back with a remarkable comeback drive to P7.

Tina Hausmann finally managed to complete both races after suffering from terrible luck in the early part of the season. The Swiss racer posted a double points finish with two consistent runs.

Maya Weug had the toughest weekend starting from a troubled qualifying session. After ending up in the gravel following a collision in Race 1, she wrapped up the weekend with P13 in Race 2.

For the first time since the start of the season, the team and cars will now go back home in Italy for the preparations ahead of the next event in Zandvoort.


“It was very exciting to race here at Barcelona, which is one of my favorite tracks. In free practice, we struggled as a team, but we made some changes for qualifying and got the performance back. In Race 1, we had a technical issue that made us lose a lot of speed, but I finished the race which was still positive, scoring some points. Race 2 was tricky, because we didn’t know if it would rain or if it would be dry, but we stayed calm. We focused on our tyres and saved them, but we had a lot of degradation. I think we maximised what we had today with the tyres, and scored some points. Now we have to come back stronger.”

Qualifying: P6
Starting position Race 1: P6
Starting position Race 2: P8
Fastest lap: 1:41.993
Race 1: P9
Race 2: P8


“Not the weekend we wanted for sure. Difficult in qualifying, we didn’t have enough pace to make it to the first row. In Race 1 the pace was good, but I made a mistake at the start so I lost all positions, before recovering to P7. I think that was a really strong comeback race, so very positive overall. Today we weren’t fast enough, I was struggling a bit with the pace overall and finished P5. Let’s get back to work now to be stronger for the next round.”

Qualifying: P4
Starting position Race 1: P4
Starting position Race 2: P3
Fastest lap: 1:41.780
Race 1: P7
Race 2: P5


“Very difficult weekend in Barcelona, starting off with a poor free practice and a poor qualifying where we were just lacking a lot of pace. I made a mistake in Race 1. We make mistakes and we have to learn from them, but that was on me. Today in Race 2, starting last, we expected some rain which would have been fun but eventually didn’t happen. No pace this weekend, and it’s something we’ll have to look into for Zandvoort. We will take a dive into the data, and the cars will come back to the workshop so we can check everything. We just need to get the pace back and try to focus on Zandvoort to improve and work from there.”

Qualifying: P12
Starting position Race 1: P12
Starting position Race 2: P15
Fastest lap: 1:42.445
Race 1: DNF
Race 2: P13

Source | Photo: PREMA Racing

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