Robert Shwartzman Dominates FIA Formula E Rookie Test in Berlin

Robert Shwartzman, Ferrari's reserve driver, set the fastest time at the Formula E rookie test in Berlin with a lap of 1:01.937s. The six-hour test session saw Shwartzman dominate both morning and afternoon sessions, with other drivers closely following.

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Robert Shwartzman Dominates FIA Formula E Rookie Test in Berlin

Robert Shwartzman Dominates FIA Formula E Rookie Test in Berlin

Robert Shwartzman, Ferrari's reserve driver in Formula 1, showcased his skills at the official Formula E rookie test held at the Berlin Tempelhof Airport Circuit on Monday. The Russian driver, representing DS Penske, set the fastest time of the day with an impressive lap of 1:01.937s, just two-tenths shy of the quickest time recorded during the Berlin E-Prix double-header.

Shwartzman dominated both the morning and afternoon sessions, consistently posting competitive times throughout the day. In the opening 10 minutes of running, he already set respectable 1:02s laps, with his leading time in the morning session being 1:02.150s. Closely following Shwartzman were Felipe Drugovich (Maserati), Frederik Vesti (Mercedes F1 reserve), Sheldon van der Linde (DTM champion), and Gabriele Mini, who completed the top five in the morning session.

The afternoon session saw Shwartzman further improve his pace, dipping into the 1:01s range. Jak Crawford, driving for Andretti, claimed the second spot, while Van der Linde secured third place. Kush Maini from Mahindra completed the top five, and Formula 2 championship leader Zane Maloney finished eighth.

The six hours of running were interrupted by two red flags. The morning stoppage was caused by Dries Vanthoor's crash at Turn 4, which ended his running for the day. In the afternoon, Felipe Drugovich triggered another red flag when he stopped on the circuit, but he was able to rejoin the session following repairs to his car.

DS Penske driver Jonny Edgar, who participated in the rookie test, shared his thoughts on the experience: "I think it's always good to drive as many different things as possible... From a learning side, you can see how different teams work, and there's always something you learn that is useful in racing elsewhere, or maybe not now, but in the future, I'm sure it'll definitely be useful." Edgar also expressed interest in potentially racing in Formula E in the future, citing the series' exciting races and technical aspects.

The FIA Formula E rookie test in Berlin provided an opportunity for up-and-coming drivers to showcase their talents and gain valuable experience in the all-electric racing series. Robert Shwartzman's dominant performance and the strong showing by other participants demonstrate the depth of talent in the motorsport world. As Formula E continues to grow and attract top-tier drivers, the future of electric racing looks promising.

Key Takeaways

  • Robert Shwartzman, Ferrari's F1 reserve driver, sets fastest time at Formula E rookie test.
  • Shwartzman's lap time: 1:01.937s, just 0.2s shy of Berlin E-Prix record.
  • DS Penske driver dominates both morning and afternoon sessions.
  • Two red flags interrupt the six-hour test, caused by Dries Vanthoor's crash and Felipe Drugovich's car issue.
  • Test provides valuable experience for up-and-coming drivers, showcasing talent and depth in motorsport.