Mick Schumacher: “I am happy with our progress and the result from qualifying”

by Paul Hensby
Mick Schumacher - Prema Theodore Racing - Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli

Mick Schumacher celebrated his second pole position of the season at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli on Friday, feeling he made good progress between practice and Qualifying on Friday.

The Prema Theodore Racing driver led a team 1-2-3-4 in the first Qualifying session at the Italian circuit, which is on the FIA European Formula 3 Championship calendar for the first time this season, and now will be gunning for a third victory of the season after previous wins at Spa-Francorchamps and Silverstone.

Schumacher says it is important for him to make gains on those ahead of him in the Championship standings across the weekend at Misano, sitting as he does seventh, fifty-four points behind Daniel Ticktum, who will start fifth for Motopark in race one.

“This afternoon’s free practice didn’t go as we had expected it to, we had some minor set-up issues,” said Schumacher.  “After that, we tried to improve as well as we could.

“Now I am happy with our progress and the result from qualifying. We will try to make the best out of this pole position in the first race. Of course, my preference would be to win.

“However, the important thing for me is to score some points no matter what in order to close up to the frontrunners in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship drivers’ standings.”

Joining Schumacher on the front row will be team-mate Marcus Armstrong, who currently sits second in the standings, but the New Zealander, one of a trio of the Ferrari Driver Academy drivers at Prema alongside Guanyu Zhou and Robert Shwartzman, was disappointed not to get the pole.

“To be honest, I would have liked to be on pole because the car was great and I felt good as well,” said Armstrong.  “I think that the whole package deserves the pole, but it’s close, so close.

“I’m happy anyway as the car it’s really good here at Misano and we have great potential for the races too.”

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