Robert Shwartzman felt he had a much better FIA European Formula 3 Championship weekend than he was expecting to have at the Nurburgring, but the Russian was still forced to settle for second best in all three races to Prema Theodore Racing team-mate Mick Schumacher.
The SMP Racing-backed teenager started from pole position for the second time this season on Saturday but found himself shuffled back to second place by the first corner by Schumacher, with the German then taking the victories in the final two races as well.
Shwartzman started and finished second in those races but was more focused on defending his position rather than attacking, with the eighteen-year-old proud to have withstood pressure from Daniel Ticktum in race two and then Alex Palou in race three.
“My weekend was very good, better than I had expected,” said Shwartzman, who also consolidated his position on top of the rookie standings as main rival Jüri Vips endured a tough weekend in Germany. “The team had already worked hard in preparation to ensure we have a fast car here.
“Compared to Mick, I was still lacking something, so he really deserved the three wins. In Race 2, I had some problems with tyre degradation that allowed Daniel to close up, while in Race 3 I had to keep Alex at bay which is never easy with his experience.
“I am glad that I have managed to stay in front both times.”