Battling F3 display by Sauber Junior Team in Austria


30 June 2019
It’s a positive to finish the race and get some valuable track time after retiring early yesterday

“It’s a positive to finish the race and get some valuable track time after retiring early yesterday”


Fabio Scherer  

The Sauber Junior Team added to its points tally with a battling display during the second FIA Formula 3 race at Spielberg in Austria today (Sunday).

Reigning ADAC Formula 4 champion Lirim Zendeli delivered the team’s first F3 points with an impressive P8 finish during Saturday’s first race. That put him on pole position for today’s 24-lap encounter at the 4.32km Spielberg circuit.

The German defended ferociously at the start to preserve the lead for a handful of laps and he put in a resolute performance to take the chequered flag in P7, adding two more points to his and the Sauber Junior Team by Charouz season tally.

F3 Asia champion Raoul Hyman made up three positions from his grid spot of P19 to classify in P16, while F3 podium finisher Fabio Scherer, who only completed two laps yesterday, progressed from P29 to P23.

The Sauber Junior Team by Charouz squad depart Austria holding P8 in the Teams’ standings. Silverstone circuit in the UK will host the next round of the series from 12-14 July.

Antonin Charouz, Charouz Racing System owner, said: “It was always going to be tough to finish on the podium today and I think Lirim did a good job to defend like he did and score another couple of points. We’ve made a positive step this weekend but there’s still a lot of work to do. We want all our drivers challenging for points.”

Jamie Dye, team manager, said: “We can be pleased to finish the weekend with points in both races courtesy of Lirim, while Fabio and Raoul put in good drives to make up positions. Even though we picked up six points we can still see where we need to improve. That’ll be our aim ahead of the next round at Silverstone.”

Lirim Zendeli said: “Getting more points is good and overall it’s a positive weekend. I tried my best to pull away in the race, but it wasn’t possible. I got overtaken so easily on the straight, and then when I was behind even with DRS I was struggling to catch the others. It’s something we need to look at and try and address. But for sure, it was useful experience and I’m pleased with my results in Austria.”

Fabio Scherer said: “It’s a positive to finish the race and get some valuable track time after retiring early yesterday. I think we were lacking quite a lot of pace. I tried my best and adapted my driving style to try and get a bit more confidence, but it was difficult to get anything more out of the race. Thanks to the guys in the team for their hard work. I’m looking forward to going again at Silverstone.”

Raoul Hyman said: “It was a really tough race, we just didn’t have much pace. If I didn’t have DRS I was a sitting duck. But when I had it, and other around me didn’t, we still didn’t have the pace. We did try something on the car to sort out some of the issues, but It didn’t work. We’ll go through the data, analyse the weekend and try to be stronger at Silverstone.”

 

It’s a positive to finish the race and get some valuable track time after retiring early yesterday

“It’s a positive to finish the race and get some valuable track time after retiring early yesterday”


Fabio Scherer  
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