Robert Shwartzman: “It is a special feeling to have won”


Robert Shwartzman took his third win of 2017 in Pau - Credit: Antonin Vincent / DPPI

Robert Shwartzman moved in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Championship lead after taking his third win of the season and a third place around the streets of Pau last weekend.

The R-ace GP driver secured pole position for race one and then converted that into the win on what was just his second race on a street circuit, even if at times he found the race to be a bit boring, with not much of a challenge coming from behind.

“This is just my second race on a street circuit and I was a bit on the backfoot after my first go in Monaco,” said Shwartzman on renaultsport.com. “So it is a special feeling to have won today! Qualifying was very tight, and I must thank the team because the car was excellent and the pace was perfect.

“The race itself was somewhat monotone like is often the case on this kind of track, but I had to stay sharp as the track was quite slippery in the last laps.”

Shwartzman was unable to match his qualifying performance for race two on Sunday, qualifying on the second row, but he was he was able to maintain third at the start and keep team-mate Will Palmer behind him, ensuring he replaced the Briton at the top of the standings heading into this weekend’s races at Monaco.

“I got a good start to protect third place from Will Palmer,” admitted Shwartzman. “I was sliding a lot early in the race and the two leaders pulled away from me.

“Overall, the race was somewhat monotone and straightforward, but this podium brings a lot of points for the championship. I am thrilled to now be leading the general classification before heading to Monaco.

“The goal will be the same as it was at Pau; get the best result possible in qualifying before getting a good start. I am full of confidence and hope to be able to battle for the win.”