Hungaroring yields no F3 reward for Sauber Junior Team


03 August 2019
I got quicker and I was catching them like a plane!

“I got quicker and I was catching them like a plane!”


Fabio Scherer  

The Sauber Junior Team’s young trio of FIA Formula 3 Championship drivers were left empty-handed in the opening race of the weekend in Hungary on Saturday.

F3 Asia Champion Raoul Hyman, F3 podium finisher Fabio Scherer and reigning ADAC Formula 4 champion Lirim Zendeli arrived confident of gains, after a recent run of points results.

In a highly-competitive qualifying session at the Hungaroring just 1.3s covered 27 drivers, with Hyman taking P15, Scherer P22 and Zendeli P24.

Hyman’s promising grid position unfortunately came undone early on, as a wide moment and spin relegated him to P23.

Scherer managed to make gains in a closely-fought midfield group and carved his way past rivals in the closing segment of the race, taking the chequered flag in P16, just 0.3s behind the car ahead.

Zendeli’s afternoon lasted just two laps before an intermittent fault with an engine speed sensor forced him into the pit lane, and later into retirement.

The trio will have another chance to shine on Sunday, with the 22-lap Race 2 scheduled for 10:00 local time (GMT +2). Scherer will start from P16, Hyman from P23 and Zendeli P29.

Antonin Charouz, Charouz Racing System owner, said: “It was a complicated race for our young drivers. Fabio did well to make up ground in the closing stages, and if he can carry that form into tomorrow then he could be looking at a much better result. Raoul paid a heavy price for his early mistake, while Lirim was desperately unlucky to lose his race to a faulty component that is beyond our control.”

Jamie Dye, Team Manager, said: “It’s disappointing to come away from today’s race having put in a lot of work, without taking a better set of results. It was unfortunate that a mistake from Raoul put him right at the back of the field. For Lirim, it was just bad luck that the engine RPM sensor failed. We tried to fix it, and he got out again, but the fault returned. On a positive note, it was good to see how Fabio progressed with a harder push towards the end – when he was one of the fastest on track. That experience should stand him in good stead tomorrow.”

Fabio Scherer said: “The race was maybe two laps too short for me! The disappointing thing was qualifying, I overtook about eight cars on my quickest lap, so that cost me time. In the race I improved a lot. At the beginning I was thinking I was too slow, but after a few laps the pace of the others dropped. I got quicker and I was catching them like a plane! Let’s see what we can do tomorrow.”

Raoul Hyman said: “My qualifying performance felt better. I finished P15 and I had the pace for the top 10, but I got blocked on my best lap. In the race I was fighting at Turn 5 and lost the rear. I caught a few guys after that, made a few moves, but it’s just a shame. We probably could have gone forwards but that’s the way it goes.”

Lirim Zendeli said: “Practice was okay, but then in qualifying we were offset to the other drivers. I didn’t get in the flow, had a lot of traffic, and that left me P24. Soon after the start of today’s race the engine started cutting out at full power. After the second lap the race was done for me.”

I got quicker and I was catching them like a plane!

“I got quicker and I was catching them like a plane!”


Fabio Scherer  
Hungaroring yields no F3 reward for Sauber Junior Team

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