Solid Schumacher nets another podium finish at Barcelona sprint race

Prema’s Mick Schumacher again underlined his credentials as one of the best drivers in the F2 field after an accomplished podium finish in Sunday’s sprint race at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Schumacher had started from fifth on the reverse grid after his 6th place finish on Saturday race. And the German enjoyed a strong start, rocketing up to third and almost taking second from Hitech’s Luca Ghiotto, before backing out and being passed by Callum Ilott as a result.

But Schumacher was clearly the quicker man on the day, and managed to nurse his hard tyres better than the Virtuosi driver, passing the struggling Englishman into Turn 1 and maintaining his strong pace behind Ghiotto up to the chequered flag.

Schumacher’s double points finish means that he now jumps to fifth in the standings, just three points behind fourth-placed Yuki Tsunoda and only eight points behind third placed Christian Lundgaard with all to play for.

And, after teammate Robert Shwartzman’s third place finish in Saturday’s feature race, Prema have closed the gap on UNI-Virtuosi to 15 points at the top of the team standings in what is now surely a two-horse race for the title with two rounds remaining.

“Definitely it was a good tyre management race, really,” said Schumacher after his fourth podium finish of the season. “What we learned last year we were able to use it this weekend, we were able to use, especially in race 2 so pretty happy to take P3 out of it and a good amount of points after yesterday’s race where we were hoping for a lot more but we end the weekend on a high.

“We had a relatively straightforward and consistent race, as overtaking Ilott for P3 was the only battle I got involved in during the race. Now I can’t wait to race at my favorite track in Spa.”

Fraser Masefield

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