Robert Shwartzman

Robert Mikhailovich Shwartzman (Russian: Ро́берт Миха́йлович Шва́рцман, IPA: [ˈrobʲert mʲɪˈxajləvʲɪtɕ ˈʂvartsmɐn], born 16 September 1999[1]), is a Russian racing driver due to compete in the 2020 FIA Formula 2 Championship. He is a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy.[2] He is the 2018 Toyota Racing Series champion and the 2019 FIA Formula 3 champion.[3]

Career

Karting

Born in Saint Petersburg, Shwartzman began karting in 2004 at the age of five. Throughout a seven-year career of karting professionally, he claimed karting titles across Europe (predominantly in Italy).

Formula 4

In 2014, Shwartzman graduated to single-seaters, partaking in six races of the Italian F4 Championship with Cram Motorsport, finishing sixteenth overall.

The following year, Shwartzman partook in the championship full-time with Mücke Motorsport, claiming two wins and finishing third in the standings behind the Prema Powerteam duo of Ralf Aron and Guanyu Zhou. He also partook in the inaugural ADAC Formula 4 championship, finishing fourth in the standings.

Formula Renault

In 2016, Shwartzman moved to Formula Renault 2.0 with reigning series champions Josef Kaufmann Racing after testing with the team at Motorland Aragon.[4] He claimed two victories in the Northern European Cup and finished sixth in the standings. In the Eurocup, Shwartzman finished eighth.

For 2017, Shwartzman stayed in Formula Renault 2.0, but decided to switch to the R-ace GP team.[5] He lost thirteen points to his teammate Will Palmer and finished in the third place in the driver standings, but was able to win six races, having podium finish at all rounds excepting Red Bull Ring, and at Circuit Paul Ricard.

GP3 Series

In November 2016, Shwartzman was listed among the drivers partaking in the post-season test at Yas Marina with Koiranen GP.[6]

Toyota Racing Series

Shwartzman made his Toyota Racing Series debut during the 2018 off-season, competing for M2 Competition.[7] He finished all fifteen races in the top-five and was the only driver in the season to do so. He won the Denny Hulme Memorial Trophy and the series title, ahead of the M2 teammates Richard Verschoor and Marcus Armstrong, who have raced in the series in 2017.[8][3]

FIA Formula 3 European Championship

In September 2017, Shwartzman tested the European Formula 3 machinery with Prema Powerteam.[9] After his tests with Prema he was included into the Ferrari Driver Academy.[2] In December 2017, it was confirmed that he will race for Prema in 2018 FIA Formula 3 European Championship.[10] Shwartzman took his first European Formula 3 win in the third Spielberg race.[11] With his second win in the season finale he outscored another Ferrari Driver Academy member Marcus Armstrong in the drivers' standings, completing the top-three with claiming the rookie title.[12]

FIA Formula 3 Championship

Robert Shwartzman at 2019 Macau Grand Prix.

Following the merger of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship and GP3 Series into the new FIA Formula 3 Championship in 2019, Prema announced Shwartzman as one of its drivers for the inaugural season.[13] Shwartzman qualified on pole for the first Barcelona race and initially finished the race in second before being promoted to race winner following a time penalty to Christian Lundgaard.[14][15] Following day, he finished fourth.

He took third place at qualifying in Circuit Paul Ricard and finished second in the first race, losing only to his team-mate Jehan Daruvala. After starting from seventh in the grid, at the sprint race, he took his second victory. At the Red Bull Ring Shwartzman qualified only 12th, after suffering from technical issues. He went up to 5th in the first race, and in the next race he was battled with Marcus Armstrong for the victory, but at the final lap made contact. Armstrong later retired, as Shwartzman took the victory, but was given a five-second time penalty for causing a collision, and down to third, behind race winner HWA Racelab driver Jake Hughes, who took victory here last year, and Jehan Daruvala.

At Silverstone he qualified sixth. It looked like he would finish in the same position, but with 3 laps remaining he overtook Christian Lundgaard. Later, Pedro Piquet also overtook him. On Sunday, he finished second with the fastest lap, behind Hitech Grand Prix and race winner Leonardo Pulcini who took two victories in the 2018 GP3 Series – at Sochi and Abu Dhabi – all victories for the Italian were at the feature races. At the Hungaroring, it was the first weekend for the Russian driver to not score any podiums - he qualified P4, but had a very bad start, and he finished only in 5th. A following day, he was on his way to take third position, after his tyres were really bad, and he lost it to Felipe Drugovich. They made contact, Drugovich and Shwartzman later retired. At the Spa-Francorchamps he qualified at 4th position, however, he overtook Jehan Daruvala, and Marcus Armstrong, and he finished in 2nd place. Day later, he finished third behind Yuki Tsunoda, and Marcus Armstrong.

At Monza, he qualified third, and despite a five-place grid penalty, was able to win his third race of the year. In the Sprint, he took eight place by just 0.067 second over Christian Lundgaard and was able to take the final point. Shwartzman took the pole position ahead of his home race at Sochi, but he can't save his race lead on the race lap and finished second behind Armstrong. But his point advantage on Daruvala was enough to clinch the championship title.[16]

FIA Formula 2 Championship

Shwartzman is contracted to drive for Prema in the 2020 FIA Formula 2 Championship where he will partner Mick Schumacher.[17] However, the season was postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic. On 18 April 2020, Shwartzman's father died of Covid-19 aged 52.[18] In an interview, he said that if he wins races, he will dedicate them to his dad.[citation needed]

Racing record

Career summary

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2014 Italian F4 Championship Cram Motorsport 6 0 0 0 0 26 16th
2015 Italian F4 Championship Mücke Motorsport 21 2 4 3 8 212 3rd
ADAC Formula 4 Championship ADAC Berlin-Brandenburg e.V. 20 0 0 4 8 167 4th
2016 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Josef Kaufmann Racing 15 0 0 0 1 75 8th
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 15 2 1 2 3 206 6th
2017 Formula Renault Eurocup R-ace GP 23 6 7 7 12 285 3rd
Formula Renault NEC 3 0 0 0 1 0 NC†
2018 FIA Formula 3 European Championship Prema Theodore Racing 30 2 3 1 11 294 3rd
Macau Grand Prix SJM Theodore Racing by Prema 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 9th
Toyota Racing Series M2 Competition 15 1 3 3 9 916 1st
2019 FIA Formula 3 Championship Prema Racing 16 3 2 2 10 212 1st
Macau Grand Prix SJM Theodore Racing by Prema 1 0 0 0 0 N/A DNF

As Shwartzman was a guest driver, he was ineligible for points.

Complete FIA Formula 3 European Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 DC Points
2018 Prema Theodore Racing Mercedes PAU
1

8
PAU
2

9
PAU
3

6‡
HUN
1

3
HUN
2

5
HUN
3

Ret
NOR
1

6
NOR
2

Ret
NOR
3

7
ZAN
1

8
ZAN
2

7
ZAN
3

11
SPA
1

5
SPA
2

4
SPA
3

2
SIL
1

8
SIL
2

9
SIL
3

10
MIS
1

3
MIS
2

9
MIS
3

7
NÜR
1

2
NÜR
2

2
NÜR
3

2
RBR
1

2
RBR
2

3
RBR
3

1
HOC
1

2
HOC
2

5
HOC
3

1
3rd 294

Half points awarded as less than 75% of race distance was completed.

Complete FIA Formula 3 Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 DC Points
2019 Prema Racing CAT
FEA

1
CAT
SPR

4
LEC
FEA

2
LEC
SPR

1
RBR
FEA

5
RBR
SPR

3
SIL
FEA

5
SIL
SPR

2
HUN
FEA

5
HUN
SPR

Ret
SPA
FEA

2
SPA
SPR

3
MNZ
FEA

1
MNZ
SPR

8
SOC
FEA

2
SOC
SPR

3
1st 212

References

  1. ^ "Robert Shwartzman". ferrari.com. Retrieved 17 February 2020.
  2. ^ a b Wood, Elliot (24 October 2017). "Robert Shwartzman added to Ferrari Driver Academy". formulascout.com. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
  3. ^ a b Waring, Bethonie (11 February 2018). "Shwartzman nicks TRS title from Ferrari stable-mate Armstrong in late drama". formulascout.com. Formula Scout. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Shwartzman with Kaufmann in first Formula Renault test". 19 February 2016. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  5. ^ Allen, Peter (11 January 2017). "Shwartzman to continue in Formula Renault with R-ace GP". Paddock Scout. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
  6. ^ "F3 and Formula Renault frontrunners headline GP3 test entry list". 29 November 2016. Retrieved 29 November 2016.
  7. ^ "RUSSIAN FERRARI JUNIOR HEADING DOWN UNDER FOR TOYOTA RACING SERIES". Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Russian teen Robert Shwartzman on top in Taupo". stuff.co.nz. Stuff Limited. 4 February 2018. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  9. ^ Simmons, Marcus (21 September 2017). "Russian Formula Renault Eurocup star tipped for F3 after Prema test". Autosport. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  10. ^ Allen, Peter (19 December 2017). "Robert Shwartzman to race for Prema European F3 squad in 2018". formulascout.com. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  11. ^ Woolard, Craig (23 September 2018). "Shwartzman beats Schumacher to take first European F3 win". formulascout.com. Formula Scout. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  12. ^ Allen, Peter (14 October 2018). "Shwartzman dominates final European F3 race ahead of Schumacher". formulascout.com. Formula Scout. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  13. ^ Benyon, Jack (5 February 2019). "Ferrari junior Shwartzman completes Prema's F3 line-up". Motorsport.com. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  14. ^ Benyon, Jack (10 May 2019). "Barcelona F3: Shwartzman bags first pole of 2019". Motorsport.com. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  15. ^ Klein, Jamie (11 May 2019). "Barcelona F3: Lundgaard penalty hands Shwartzman victory". Motorsport.com. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  16. ^ Suttill, Josh (28 September 2019). "Robert Shwartzman wins FIA F3 title in Sochi, Armstrong steals race one win". formulascout.com. Formula Scout. Retrieved 28 September 2019.
  17. ^ "FORMULA 2: F3 champion Shwartzman to partner Schumacher at Prema". formula1.com. 28 November 2019. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  18. ^ Bharadwaj, Abhishek (19 April 2020). "Ferrari Junior Driver Robert Schwartzman's Father Passes Away Due to Coronavirus". EssentiallySports. Retrieved 20 April 2020.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Thomas Randle
Toyota Racing Series
Champion

2018
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Liam Lawson
Preceded by
Lando Norris
FIA Formula 3 European Championship
Rookie Champion

2018
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(Series ended)
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Inaugural
FIA Formula 3
Champion

2019
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