R03 Baku - FIA Formula 2 Race 1 - 2 Report
Robert Shwartzman and PREMA Racing enjoyed a brilliant day at Baku as the FIA Formula 2 Championship went underway with race 1 and 2 at the Azerbaijani street venue.
The Russian racer, supported by the Ferrari Driver Academy, took-off from P1 on the reverse grid of Race 1 and led from start to finish. Even after a lengthy early safety car situation, Shwartzman stayed in control and secured his first win of the year by a considerable margin. In race 2, starting from P10, he put together a clever run, kept his nose away from the early attrition and finished in P5 to cap a consistent run.
On the other hand, Oscar Piastri experienced a rocky start but fought back in impressive fashion. The 20-year-old Australian was rear-ended in turn 2 of the opening race. The heavy contact launched Piastri into another car and the resulting damage turned out to be terminal. In race 2, Piastri started from P19 and steadily regained ground, taking full advantage of race situations to maximize his score. Piastri eventually claimed P8, and set the fastest lap of the race to take three valuable points.