Reigning F2 Constructor champions, PREMA have announced that Robert Shwartzman will remain with the team for 2021 Formula Two season.
The 21 year-old Ferrari junior will partner his F3 title successor, Oscar Piastri at the Italian outfit next season, with Shwartzman “happy” to stay with the team after recording four wins in his first F2 campaign this season.
Shwartzman however is targeting improvement next season whilst continuing to enjoy himself at the team, saying; “Our target as a team is obviously to win and make progress in terms of results from this season, working hard, improving the car but also enjoying another year by staying together and having fun.”
This announcement means that 2021 will be the fourth consecutive season in which Shwartzman races for Prema after joining the team for 2018 F3 Europe, where he finished third before taking the 2019 F3 title, followed by a fourth-placed finish in F2 this season after finding himself in the title mix until he was eliminated from contention after Sakhir Qualifying.
PREMA Team Principal, Rene Rosin is “delighted” to have signed Shwartzman again for another season, praising the Russian’s progression this season, saying; “We thoroughly enjoyed working with him so far and we are really proud of his continued progress.”
Rosin went on to describe Shwartzman as a “rare talent” whilst iterating the aim to “build on that immediacy to be consistent contenders in 2021.”
2021 however sees F2 switch to a new weekend race format of two Sprint Races on Saturdays with the main Feature Race now held on Sundays as part of cost cutting measures, due to the Coronavirus pandemic hitting teams financially.
Shwartzman plus his rivals will now race at eight venues next season in F2, including Monaco, Baku and Abu Dhabi who all return after a forced sabbatical in 2020 plus visits Saudi Arabia for the first time.