Early F3 pace doesn’t convert into points at Silverstone


13 July 2019
We came into today’s race in optimistic mood but unfortunately things didn't go our way. 

“We came into today’s race in optimistic mood but unfortunately things didn't go our way. ”


Antonin Charouz  

The Sauber Junior Team was unable to convert its promising FIA Formula 3 Championship practice and qualifying pace into points during the first race of the weekend at Silverstone today.

The driver development squad started the fourth round of the season strongly and had two of its cars inside the top-ten during the first acclimatisation session at the home of British motorsport on Friday, before Fabio Scherer impressed as he placed his car P9 on the grid for the opening 20-lap battle.

With air and track temperatures for Race 1 considerably cooler than they were a day earlier, reigning ADAC Formula 4 Champion Lirim Zendeli, racing at Silverstone for the first time in his career, made up two places as he led the Sauber Junior Team cars home in P15.

Fabio Scherer, an F3 pole sitter at the 5.89km track in 2018, battled gamely but was unable to maintain his position inside the top ten. He completed the race in P16, just behind his team-mate.

F3 Asia champion Raoul Hyman also fought in a competitive midfield but the Briton’s race came to a premature end after a spin through the gravel at the high-speed Copse corner.

Today’s results mean Lirim will take the start of Sunday’s Race 2 from P15, while Fabio will be just behind in P16. Raoul will go from P28.

Antonin Charouz, Charouz Racing System owner, said: “We came into today’s race in optimistic mood but unfortunately things didn’t go our way.  We’ll look at the situation and take the positives. We gathered lots more data and we’ve shown already this season that we can use that information to make a step forward. That’s the target for tomorrow.”

Jamie Dye, Team Manager, said: “The race performance was not what we expected after a pretty positive showing during the two Friday sessions. We’re looking at why the pace didn’t materialise this morning so we can hopefully make the right corrections for tomorrow.”

Lirim Zendeli said: “I couldn’t find the rhythm at the beginning, as it’s my first time racing here. That meant I lost a few positions. I saved my tyres quite a lot and at the end I was a second faster than everyone in front, but the race was done. We will change a few things on the car and I think tomorrow the race will be much better because the learning has increased.”

Fabio Scherer said: “I didn’t make the best start, but I tried to stay around the position I started. I was lacking a bit of pace and it was difficult to hold on. I dropped back a little, but then I got into a rhythm just as the Safety Car came out. I was trying to hold the pace after the restart but the cars that were quick closed and got me. I hope we can rediscover a bit of Friday’s pace tomorrow.”

Raoul Hyman said: “We struggled a bit for pure pace – I think I did in particular, sadly. I lost the DRS to the guys in front and the guys behind were catching. I was trying to pull away as they started fighting and then I just lost the rear through Copse. It was very odd and I couldn’t catch it. Unfortunately, it was driver error pure and simple. It’s a shame the race ended like that.”

We came into today’s race in optimistic mood but unfortunately things didn't go our way. 

“We came into today’s race in optimistic mood but unfortunately things didn't go our way. ”


Antonin Charouz  
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