SCHUMACHER TAKES AN EMOTIONAL WIN IN FORMULA 2 WHILE THE TEAMS’ CHAMPIONSHIP CONCLUDES IN FORMULA 3
Monza, September 6, 2020 – Fourteen years after Michael Schumacher last won in Monza with Ferrari in 2006, his son Mick – part of the Ferrari Driver Academy – claimed the feature race win in F2 with Prema. The P Zero Yellow medium and P Zero Red soft tyres were nominated in Formula 2 for Monza, while the soft tyre was the single compound nominated for F3, with Prema also wrapping up the teams’ championship on Saturday.
Feature Race, the winner: Schumacher set up his victory by powering from seventh on the grid to second behind UNI Virtuosi’s Calum Ilott before the opening corner. But Ilott had a disastrous pit stop on lap 12, stalling in the pit lane and dropping to 21st before eventually coming back up to sixth place.
Mick Schumacher: “I’m very happy with the result today; the team did a mega job to get the car out again after yesterday’s incident in qualifying. It was a long night for the boys, so I really wanted to get good points for them. I didn’t think that I was going to win, but I wanted good points and a good race for the guys. We as a team really deserve this one. It was a really good race, everything just worked, and I am really happy.”
Feature Race, alternative strategy: Schumacher won with a soft-medium strategy, whereas the alternative strategy was medium to soft, opting for an initial longer stint on the Yellow tyres. The first-placed of the alternative strategy drivers was UNI-Virtuosi’s Guangyu Zhou, going from 17th on the grid to complete the top five.
Sprint Race, the winner: With all the drivers on the medium tyre, Dan Ticktum took a comfortable win from second place on the grid for DAMS. However, he was stripped of his victory following a post-race investigation for having insufficient fuel left in the tank. This promoted Ilott to the race win, who also took the championship lead, from Schumacher and Shwartzman.
Race 1, the winner: An action-packed race resulted in Frederik Vesti winning from ninth of the grid and securing the teams’ title for Prema. Vesti took the lead from ART’s Theo Pourchaire with two laps to go, while another Prema car of Oscar Piastri completed the podium from 15th on the grid.
Race 2, the winner: A particularly dramatic race was won by HWA Racelab driver Jake Hughes from sixth on the grid. There was constant overtaking and unexpected action: none of the top three on the grid finished in the points, while ART’s Alex Smolyar finished fourth from 20th.
Pirelli’s head of F1 and car racing Mario Isola: “Sunday’s Formula 3 race was perhaps one of the most unpredictable that we have ever seen, but throughout all the incidents and overtaking, the tyres performed extremely well, ensuring breath-taking action from start to finish. In Formula 2, Mick Schumacher took an emotional victory after executing his soft-medium strategy perfectly, while Guangyu Zhou made up 12 places using the alternative strategy. Congratulations to Prema for an excellent result on home territory, winning the F2 feature race as well as the F3 teams’ championship.”