Robert Shwartzman: “The team taught me so much about racing”

Robert Shwartzman - Credit: Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency / LAT Photographic

Robert Shwartzman secured his maiden Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup victory on Saturday at the Nurburgring, holding off the challenge of his championship leading team-mate Lando Norris in the process.

The young Russian made a good start to jump into the lead into the first turn at the German track, and remained calm and unnerved whilst leading, with Shwartzman praising his Josef Kaufmann Racing team for putting him on to the right learning curve in 2016 having made the step up from Formula 4 this season.

“I’m very happy,” said Shwartzman on “The race was tough. My team-mate Lando was quick.

“I could take the lead on the inside in turn one. During the safety car period, I could calm down and think about the race. I could keep the lead, but Lando caught up in the end.

“The team taught me so much about racing, so I could finally win a race in this championship.”

From the highs of race one, race two was over early when a slow start putting him on the outside of three other drivers heading into the first turn, with Shwartzman being spun around and into retirement by one of the Tech 1 Racing drivers.