Ferrari check driver Robert Shwartzman has conceded that his System 1 race ambitions are probably over after lacking out on a seat for an additional season.
Shwartzman was amongst Ferrari’s main junior prospects, claiming the 2019 FIA System 3 title, and completed fourth in his rookie System 2 marketing campaign, earlier than inserting runner-up to team-mate Oscar Piastri in 2021.
Of the 2020 crop champion Mick Schumacher, Yuki Tsunoda and Nikita Mazepin stepped as much as System 1 whereas from the 2021 group Zhou Guanyu debuted this 12 months, and champion Piastri will belatedly graduate with McLaren in 2023.
Shwartzman as an alternative took up a task with Ferrari as its official check driver and was tasked with endeavor intensive simulator duties. He was nominated as its younger driver, collaborating in FP1 in Austin and can partake within the corresponding session in Abu Dhabi.
Off-track Shwartzman additionally switched his racing license to Israel, the nation of his beginning, and has spent a lot of the 12 months in Italy, to the place he moved as a baby.
“Truthfully it was a troublesome 12 months,” Shwartzman tells MotorsportWeek.com. “Sadly, I didn’t race, which for any racing driver is an enormous factor. What’s going to occur [in the future], I don’t know but, nevertheless it’s tremendous arduous and difficult to get into System 1.
“I at all times pushed and labored actually arduous, it didn’t matter what was going round with the dream or goal to get to System 1. Will it occur or not occur? At this stage I don’t know. I can guess possibly not. And that’s clearly very unhappy for me as a result of it has been such an enormous work and I stored on pushing and believing and on the finish nonetheless it doesn’t occur for numerous causes.
Shwartzman accepts that “the factor I might have achieved a bit higher is deliver the outcomes these years [in 2020 and 2021], and that might most likely give me a much bigger assist to get into F1” however stresses there’s “nonetheless no assure I’d be there.”
There’s additionally a side of disillusionment with the construction of the driving force market.
“I imply, F1 is a bit bizarre to be trustworthy today, for me no less than,” he says. “I don’t actually perceive it, the line-up and the driving force choices groups do, I don’t get it from my aspect.
“I don’t wish to put names, however for me sadly it doesn’t at all times go by the advantage.
“Oscar needed to wait a 12 months and it was a bit messy for him. I put myself in it as nicely, I pushed him arduous, did arduous work, and I do know if I’d have an opportunity, I’d present I’m succesful. It’s what it’s at this stage, it’s the scenario the place I can’t do something about it regardless that I’d like to and make it extra honest.
When pressed on why he feels that means, Shwartzman replies: “Nicely I can’t go as much as a workforce and say ‘take me as a result of I actually deserve it and would deliver the outcomes’, I can’t try this as a result of… I can say it, show it and present it on [eventual] outcomes, however the decision-making factor isn’t going to be on me. So taking a look at how it’s now it’s possibly not the primary precedence for them.”
The standing of 2019 F2 champion Nyck de Vries is raised, with the Dutchman sealing a 2023 AlphaTauri seat massively facilitated by his substitute look with Williams at Monza. However Shwartzman isn’t eager on such a technique and desires to get again behind the wheel, someplace, in 2023.
“Truthfully for Nyck it occurred after three years, he raced, and truthfully I respect Nyck and suppose he’s gifted and good however the stars aligned completely for him and he did job of taking that chance – he bought one shot and he took it,” Shwartzman explains. “Will I? Who is aware of. To attend and sit right here and waste time not racing simply hoping for a miracle to occur… I’d not likely see it fairly logical for me, and anyway after doing this work I actually wish to race subsequent 12 months, as I miss racing.
“For those who don’t race you miss that spirit of [being] a race driver: to struggle, to win, and push your self. Think about if I don’t race; I’ll wait, wait, wait and if I’ve the chance I’d not be prepared for it as I had not raced [since 2021]. So for me the primary precedence subsequent 12 months is to go race. The place? I don’t know, we’re taking a look at choices and what we have now on the desk for the very best supply attainable and we’ll see.”
Shwartzman is nonetheless hopeful that the current setbacks will stand him in stronger stead for 2023 and past.
“There’s positives to take, as I matured extra, I realized extra, I understand how to deal with myself higher with the engineers, how one can work with them higher, so anyway for my profession – it doesn’t matter the place I can be – it was an necessary section in my life,” he displays.
“We did a number of exams with the previous automobile, I did the FP1 first time in Austin, the primary time within the automobile so it was very attention-grabbing, and really cool. We’ll have one other one in Abu Dhabi, that’s it, not a lot driving sadly however it’s what it’s.”