European Formula 3

Schumacher ‘Really Happy’ with Strong Start and Silverstone Victory

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Mick Schumacher - Prema Theodore Racing - Silverstone
Credit: FIA Formula 3 European Championship / Thomas Suer

Mick Schumacher was delighted to secure his second FIA European Formula 3 Championship victory in three starts, with the German jumping into the lead of race two at Silverstone and managing the race superbly thereafter.

The Prema Theodore Racing driver had started second on the grid but was ahead of polesitter Fabio Scherer by turn one, and from then on had the pace to keep the chasing pack at bay.

With Scherer unable to finish the race, it was up to his Motopark team-mate Jüri Vips to lead the charge, but the Estonian never had the kind of pace to put pressure on Schumacher, and although he finished only 1.060 seconds behind, the German was always in control.

“The story of my race is told quickly: my start was good, I was able to pull a gap on the first lap and then I tried to maintain it,” said Schumacher.

“Around the halfway point, my rivals closed up a bit, but then I pushed more and re-established my initial margin. I am really happy with this victory.”

Schumacher had been on course for a top four finish earlier in the day in race one but, like team-mates Guanyu Zhou and Ralf Aron, suffered punctures that ended their races.  After careful thought, Schumacher admitted he changed the way he used his tyres for race two, and it paid off with his second win of the season, three weeks after his breakthrough victory at Spa-Francorchamps.

The result means the German now sits seventh in the Drivers’ Championship standings with one hundred and twenty-six points, fifty-six behind new championship leader Daniel Ticktum, with twenty-five more points on offer in Sunday’s final race of the weekend at Silverstone.

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