Sauber Junior Team buoyed by final FIA F3 test


18 April 2019
I think we’re getting things together in terms of set-up and we’ve moved in a direction that’s working

“I think we’re getting things together in terms of set-up and we’ve moved in a direction that’s working”


Raoul Hyman  

The Sauber Junior Team completed its on-track preparations for this year’s FIA Formula 3 Championship with a productive two-day test in Hungary on Wednesday and Thursday (17-18 April).

Sauber Motorsport – which operates Alfa Romeo Racing in Formula 1 – has collaborated with Charouz Racing System to field young drivers on each step of the FIA’s single-seater ladder, including the new-for-2019 Formula 3 series.

Following encouraging tests in France and Spain, Sauber Junior Team by Charouz’s trio of drivers took to the 4.38km Hungaroring for the third and final pre-season group test.

Between them, Lirim Zendeli, Fabio Scherer and Raoul Hyman completed 564 laps of the circuit, equivalent to 2,470km, as they made the most of fine weather in Hungary.

Sauber Junior Team by Charouz will return to its native Czech Republic to undertake further analysis ahead of the opening round of the new season, which takes place at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain on 10-12 May.

Antonin Charouz, Team Owner, said: “This was another encouraging test for our F3 drivers and it was good to see them have a smooth and reliable two days on track. In performance terms, we feel like we have made a good step ahead of the first races and it’s pleasing to see the team working together so well. We’re now looking forward to getting the season underway next month in Spain.”

Jamie Dye, Team Manager, said:It was a good opportunity to learn more about our package before the first round of the season. We were able to evaluate the car on various fuel loads and tyre compounds and all three drivers made progress in the same direction in terms of set-up changes and evaluations. It’s looking quite positive and we leave the test in a confident mood.”

Lirim Zendeli said: “The result isn’t a true reflection of the potential that we have. We tried a lot of things during the sessions and we didn’t get to use our new tyres when the track was at its best. Overall, we made some big changes to the car and it felt really, really good. We made a good step. We know what we have to work on to be fast during qualifying in Barcelona.”

Fabio Scherer said: “The Hungary test was a clear improvement over the last two we did and I’m happy with most of the things we achieved. I think we went in a good direction and, when we do the homework properly, we’ll be ready for the first round of the season. That is so crucial because there isn’t any time to learn during the race weekend. Everything happens so quickly and the grid will be so competitive.”

Raoul Hyman said: “It was a much better test. I think we’re getting things together in terms of set-up and we’ve moved in a direction that’s working. We changed quite a bit over the two days and made good progress. We found some things that have given me a lot more confidence in the car. That’s good for me as a driver and also for the team.”

I think we’re getting things together in terms of set-up and we’ve moved in a direction that’s working

“I think we’re getting things together in terms of set-up and we’ve moved in a direction that’s working”


Raoul Hyman  
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