Prema Theodore Racing has yet again had an outstanding weekend with multiple victories and pole positions.
Maximilian Günther started the fourth round on a high after dominating qualifying, claiming pole for Race 1. He cruised over the finish line taking the victory, making it his third win of the season. For the remaining two races the German started on the third row and finished both races in P6. So far Günther has scored points in every race, finishing in the top seven since the season has begun.
After finishing in the top five in Race 1, Callum Illot nailed qualifying 2 putting himself on pole for Race 2 and a front row start for Race 3. Pulling away from his main rival at the start, the Brit held onto the lead by 8.6 seconds taking another win for the team. With an uneventful Race 3 Illot remained in P2 scoring crucial points.
Guanyu Zhou improved as the weekend continued finishing P7 in Race 1. The Ferrari Driver Academy star followed his top ten result with a double fourth place grid start for Race 2 and 3. Zhou ended the weekend on a high, stepping on the podium in third, followed by a fourth place finish in the last race of the weekend, showing skilful driving.
Creating good point scoring finishes for his debut at the Hungaroring, Mick Schumacher claimed P9 in the first and second race, then P11 in Race 3. Overall a solid performance was shown from the German over the course of the weekend.
The team now looks onto the next race in two weeks at Norisring on 01-02 July. Günther sits in second followed closely by Illot in the Drivers Championship, with Prema Theodore Racing holding onto the Constructors Championship.
# 3 – Maximilian Günther
“Starting from P6 in both races I tried to do everything I could to move towards the front but it is very difficult to overtake on this track. I tried to fight back in the first couple of corners but it was impossible to improve the position without taking crazy risks. I finished P6 twice, scoring good points for the championship. I’m P2 now, just five points away, and I got one pole and one win this weekend so I’m pretty satisfied. We know exactly in which direction we have to go to improve and I’m looking forward to the next races.”
# 8 – Guanyu Zhou
“In race 2 I started well and jumped in front of Norris. In the first couple of laps I tried to attack Eriksson but it was too difficult to overtake. So I saved the rear tires and controlled the pace, pushing mainly in the last sector so Hughes couldn’t overtake me on the straight. In race 3 I got another good start and I was right behind Callum. There were no real opportunities to go by so I stayed in P3. Then it was tough to keep Lando behind as he was really fast and aggressive but in the end it was good to score decent points. The next round will mark the halfway point of the championship and I’m sure there is more to come for us.”
# 25 – Mick Schumacher
“Today has been quite difficult as the speed was not entirely there and we were still lacking a bit of pace compared to Callum in race 2 and to the other guys in race 3. The races were pretty uneventful as there were no really big opportunities for overtaking unless the guy in front made a mistake which didn’t happen. In race 3 I got stuck in 11th position so no points but I’m sure we will move in the right direction for the next round.”
# 53 – Callum Ilott
“In race 2 the start was alright even if I didn’t have the jump I wanted and Joel put a bit of pressure on me. Then I edged a little bit away and after that it was just managing the tires to pull more and more of a gap. I could still push all the way through the race as I didn’t have as much degradation as I thought. In race 3 we struggled with degradation a little bit more so I focused on keeping the car on the track. Here it is very hard to get close enough to make a move so after the start it got pretty uneventful. Today was great day for the championship. I came here for points and I got points, so it’s a good weekend to come away from.”