Now racing under Israeli license due to the consequences of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Robert Shwartzman will compete in the two EL1 sessions that Formula 1 teams must reserve for rookies during the United States and Abu Dhabi Grands Prix. Dubai.
Winner of the F3 title in 2019 then author of two seasons in F2 during which he signed as his best final result a second place behind Oscar Piastri last year, Shwartzman had his first run during public tests in F1 during the tests young drivers from Yas Marina in 2020, participation which he renewed last year, still with the Scuderia but also with Haas.
In January 2022, he took the wheel of the 2018 Ferrari SF71H at Fiorano, before stepping into the seat of the 2021 SF21 at Mugello in July. Outings all the more important as he had no competition program this year. However, he was very busy in the brand’s new simulator from Maranello and his upcoming run in EL1 will also aim to contribute to the good correlation between virtual data and real data.
Of course, the medium-term future within the Scuderia is blocked because Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz have signed long-term contracts whose term is the 2024 season. But, for Mattia Binotto, the Russian still deserves his luck in the queen discipline and claims to have demonstrated it during the tests with Ferrari.
Robert Schwartzman, Ferrari
« Robert is a fantastic driver »he said when Motorsport.com asked his opinion on the 23-year-old. « I think he’s very quick, especially in an F1. Every time he’s driven an F1, he’s been very quick in it. There are drivers who are maybe excellent in F3, F2 and who are not good enough in F1. I think Robert is the opposite. He was excellent in F3 and F2, but he is very, very strong in F1. And so it’s a shame for him not to have a flying right now. »
« This season he has worked a lot on the simulator. He has helped our team a lot to develop the current car. I think as a driver he has improved, he has developed his own skills, and today he is much more mature, even compared to last year. And so I think he’s a driver who deserves a seat. We know it’s very difficult at the moment in this situation, but hopefully in the future it could happen. »