Pair of classic European circuits await Sauber Junior Team F3 squad


28 August 2019
We need to keep up the recent progress and I’m sure we can aim for points.

“We need to keep up the recent progress and I’m sure we can aim for points.”


Lirim Zendeli  

The Sauber Junior Team’s trio of FIA Formula 3 Championship drivers are gearing up for back-to-back events at a pair of classic circuits that will bring the European phase of the 2019 season to a close.

The driver development squad is a collaboration between Sauber Motorsport, the organisation that runs the Alfa Romeo Racing entry in Formula 1, and Charouz Racing System.

The trio of youngsters chosen to represent the Sauber Junior Team by Charouz in F3 – Lirim Zendeli, Fabio Scherer and Raoul Hyman – have been out of action since the championship’s summer break got underway at the beginning of August.

However, they are set to make a return this weekend at the 7.004km Spa Francorchamps circuit, which is renowned for its fast and flowing layout and is located in Belgium’s capricious Ardennes Forest which normally adds to the on-track drama.

The team will then travel straight to Italy for a high-speed battle around the 5.793km Autodromo Nazionale Monza, a track that has been hosting motorsport events since 1922.

The eighth and ninth rounds of the 10-event F3 calendar will support the Belgian and Italian F1 Grands Prix, while the Sauber Junior Team’s sister Formula 2 squad will also be present at the both events.

A pair of F3 races will be staged at each round, with a qualifying session setting the grid for Saturday’s Race 1, the result of which determines the starting order for Race 2 the following day.

Antonin Charouz, Charouz Racing System owner, said: “We have learned a massive amount during our first season in the F3 category and we’ve shown we are capable of challenging at the front and showing some excellent pace on occasions. I hope our young drivers can realise their potential in Belgium and Italy and secure some success.”

Jamie Dye, Team Manager, said: “We’re all looking forward to getting back out on the track after a few weeks away. We’ve regrouped at the factory and there’s a definite bounce within the camp as we enter the final phase of the season. I think the drivers are hungry to keep pushing and show what they can do at two of the most exhilarating tracks on the calendar. We’ll be aiming as high as possible.”

Lirim Zendeli said: “I’m looking forward to the next events as Spa and Monza are great circuits in beautiful places. I don’t have much experience at Spa. As it’s a long track it’ll be important to get the whole lap together and drive cleanly. We need to keep up the recent progress and I’m sure we can aim for points.”

Fabio Scherer said: “For me, Spa is the best track of the year. I raced there for the first time last season and managed to get a podium in European F3. I have good memories of the circuit and the target is to get good positions and points in both races. I’m feeling quite optimistic.”

Raoul Hyman said: “Last time out in Budapest, I think we made a step forward in terms of pace. We were fighting for the top 10 in qualifying but it didn’t quite come together. We need to keep building on that pace and go forward into Belgium and get the end result. We have to make sure we take every opportunity and make the most of what we have.”

We need to keep up the recent progress and I’m sure we can aim for points.

“We need to keep up the recent progress and I’m sure we can aim for points.”


Lirim Zendeli  
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