Robert Shwartzman: “I must improve and learn from my mistakes”


Robert Shwartzman sits nine points behind Will Palmer in the championship after Monaco - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Robert Shwartzman lost his lead in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Championship standings but still had a strong weekend around the streets of Monaco, following up a fourth place finish in race one to take second place in race two.

The R-ace GP driver was on course for third during Saturday’s before losing out to team-mate Max Defourny on the penultimate lap, but came back strongly on Sunday, and was in the right place to capitalise on a mistake by Will Palmer to take second.

Shwartzman acknowledges that he still has things to learn and improve on, and will be looking to learn from his mistakes when Eurocup returns at the Hungaroring at the beginning of July.

“Yesterday, I was unlucky in locking up before turn one,” said Shwartzman on renaultsport.com. “In missing the apex, Max got the advantage going up the hill and there was nothing I could do.

“Today, I was lucky with Will’s mistake exiting Piscine. He lost the rear of the car and went over the curb. I was able to get around him to finish on the second step of the podium for the first time this year: It is a change from winning and finishing third!

“Nevertheless, I must improve and learn from my mistakes. I want to give a big thank you to my fans, the team and SMP Racing, without whom I would be at home watching on television. We will continue this battle in July at Budapest.”