F3 champ Shwartzman: I’m ready for F1

Michelle Foster


Formula 3 champion Robert Shwartzman is adamant he’s “ready” for Formula 1 despite others thinking it is still too early.

Winning in Spain, France and again in Italy, Shwartzman raced to the F3 championship title with a convincing 54-point margin over Marcus Armstrong.

The 20-year-old Russian driver has yet to announce his 2020 plans which may see him continue with Prema Racing into Formula 2.

However, given an option, he’d like to jump straight into Formula 1.

He told the Italian press: “Many people say that it is still too early to go to Formula 1, but personally I feel ready.

“I would risk it if only I had the chance.”

Should Shwartzman head into Formula 2 with Prema he could partner Mick Schumacher, the son of seven-time F1 World Champion Michael Schumacher.

Shwartzman, who like Schumacher is a member of Ferrari’s young driver academy, hopes at the end of it all Formula 1 is what awaits.

“I want to go to Formula 1 and will work to achieve this goal,” he said. “The problem is that there are no opportunities.”

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