Robert Shwartzman will spend the 2019 season in Formula 3

5 February 2019/ smp

SMP Racing driver and a member of the Ferrari Academy Robert Schwartzman will continue competing in the FIA F3 Championship with Italian Team Prema Racing.

In 2018, Russian driver made his debut in this championship as part of the same team. He became the third in the overall standings with more experienced opponents Prema teammate Mick Schumacher and Dan Ticktum in front. He also became the best rookie in the 2018 FIA Formula 3 European Championship season.

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Boris Rotenberg, SMP Racing founder and leader said: Robert is a very talented driver. Last year, he finished on the podium eleven times in his debut season in Formula 3 and won the race twice, becoming the best rookie of the season. Robert Shwartzman also won the New Zealand Toyota Racing Series title, where he made his debut last year as well. We are sure that in the upcoming season Robert will continue to perform even more successfully: we are waiting for his new victories and even for the champion title at the end of the season together with the Prema team and the Ferrari Driver Academy. We have high hopes for Robert, but right now everything depends only on him, on his talent, hard work and desire to win.
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I am very glad that I will continue to drive with Prema Racing, I have already made good friends with the people who work in this team, the 19-year-old Robert Shwartzman said. I think this is one of the strongest teams, and we will try our best to show a good result. My main goal for the season is to win. I really want to be the best in Formula 3 and I hope we will succeed. As before, the Ferrari Driver Academy will support and assist me. I think that the existing tandem of SMP Racing, the Ferrari Driver Academy and Prema Racing is very strong, this is a big solid team and we successfully work together on getting the best result. I am very happy to be the part of it and will do my best to achieve the goal.

Prema Racing team principal René Rosin commented: We are elated to retain Robert for the 2019 season. He has huge talent and sheer speed so we think he can be one of those men who make the difference in motorsport. We are looking forward to seeing him at work in the new environment, which will give our drivers an occasion to thrive and enhance their skills and experience. We are equally delighted for the continued trust and support from SMP Racing and the Ferrari Driver Academy. We will do our utmost to help Robert and his teammates to succeed at the highest level.

Championship calendar FIA Formula 3 season 2019:

May 12 Barcelona, Spain
June 23 La Castellet, France
June 30 Spielberg, Austria
July 14 Silverstone, United Kingdom
August 4 Budapest, Hungary
September 1 Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
September 8 Monza, Italy
September 29 Sochi, Russia
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