SMP Racing driver Robert Shwartzman won the FIA Formula 3 championship at the final round of the series at his home track, which takes place on September 27-29 at Sochi Autodrom.
Robert was fastest in the qualifying round on Friday and therefore started Saturday’s race from pole position. Throughout the whole race, Shwartzman fought with his rivals fending off their attacks and finished in second place.
The SMP Racing driver had taken the lead in the FIA Formula 3 Championship’s standings from the beginning of the season and kept the position to the final round. Robert Shwartzman took pole position at the rounds in Spain and Russia, stood on the podium nine times: he took three victories, four times finished second and twice third. The Russian has scored so far 202 points, 45 points ahead of his nearest pursuer.
“We are proud of the victory of Robert in FIA Formula 3. We are very pleased that a participant of the SMP Racing program has achieved such outstanding success. It is especially valuable that he took a win on the Russian track in front of his home fans of the Sochi Autodrom. From the very beginning of the season, Robert made it clear that his main goal was the championship title. From the first round, he kept the lead and regularly finished on the podium, having taken three victories. From the first round, he kept the lead and scored a victory in his home race in Sochi. We believe that Shwartzman is ready to move to the next stage of his racing career - in Formula 2 and we are confident that our driver will cope with the new challenge and will represent Russia with dignity in the future,” Boris Rotenberg, founder and head of the SMP Racing program, said.
“We had a good start in the race, I let Marcus Armstrong go ahead, as my task was not to make mistakes and save the tyres. We fought a lot with Niko Kari and Marcus, I regained the lead, but at the end of the race I let Armstrong pass me again, because I knew that it was stupid to stupid to risk a collision. I finished in second position, won the championship title and now I can relax a bit. I am very proud of my fans who supported me, and I want to thank them for this. This is a special feeling when you are greeted by the home crowd - it is very nice that so many people have come to see our race,” SMP Racing driver Robert Shwartzman said.
Robert Shwartzman (born September 16, 1999) is a driver of the SMP Racing program. Champion of FIA Formula 3 (2019), bronze medalist and best rookie in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship (2018), winner of the Castrol Toyota Racing Series New Zealand (2018). Bronze medalist of the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Championship (2017) and Italian Formula 4 Championship (2015). Winner of the WSK Final Cup go-kart tournament in KFJ class and bronze medalist of the KF-Junior World Karting Championship (2013), multiple winner and of European karting competitions. In 2017, he became the first Russian driver in the Ferrari Driver Academy.