Sauber Junior Team chasing F3 gains in Hungary


31 July 2019
We’re now getting closer to where we should be - and that’s a great feeling heading into the second half of the season

“We’re now getting closer to where we should be - and that’s a great feeling heading into the second half of the season”


Fabio Scherer  

The second half of the FIA Formula 3 Championship begins at the Hungaroring this weekend, with the Sauber Junior Team keen to build on a recent upturn in form.

The driver development programme was formed ahead of the 2019 season through a unique collaboration between Sauber Motorsport and Charouz Racing System.

After a challenging start in the highly-competitive F3 category, the Sauber Junior Team scored points during the most recent rounds in Austria and Great Britain.

Reigning ADAC Formula 4 Champion Lirim Zendeli, F3 podium finisher Fabio Scherer and F3 Asia champion Raoul Hyman head to the home of the Hungarian Grand Prix eager to extend their point-scoring run and continue their development in the series.

The Hungaroring circuit has a reputation as a tight and twisty track, with a variety of low- to high-speed corners and only one lengthy straight.

With high ambient temperatures expected, it is a track that tests drivers, cars and tyres to the limit, while the layout makes overtaking a tricky proposition, placing a greater emphasis than usual on qualifying.

Antonin Charouz, Charouz Racing System owner, said: “Our F3 team has been making progress with every round this season and the fact we’ve scored points at the last two events means we’ve found some promising form. It’s important that we build on that during the second half of the season and show our potential on a consistent basis.”

Jamie Dye, team manager, said: “Although the results across the whole team weren’t quite what we wanted at Silverstone, we showed our mettle by competing inside the top 10 and getting in the points. We’ve had a few weeks to evaluate that performance and see where we could have extracted more. We’re hopeful that will translate into an improved display in Hungary.”

Lirim Zendeli said: “My only experience of the Hungaroring is from pre-season testing, so it’s quite new for me. But I think we’ve improved the car a lot since then. We’re getting more confident with everything. Things didn’t quite come together in qualifying at Silverstone but we showed good pace in the races. I think for Budapest the target has to be points and to challenge for the top five.”

Fabio Scherer said: “We definitely went in the right direction at Silverstone and I think we still have a lot more potential. I felt at one with my car and I got a good, consistent feeling from it. It’s a relief because there have been some quite tough moments already this year. But we’re now getting closer to where we should be and that’s a great feeling heading into the second half of the season.”

Raoul Hyman said: “We made some good progress at Silverstone although we didn’t necessarily see it in all the results. But I’m looking forward to Budapest. It’s a track I really enjoy. We’ve had a short break, which has been good for us to reflect and build on what we have. It’s the start of the second half of the year and we need to get our season going in a sense. We’ve done a lot of work and hopefully we can show that on track.”

We’re now getting closer to where we should be - and that’s a great feeling heading into the second half of the season

“We’re now getting closer to where we should be - and that’s a great feeling heading into the second half of the season”


Fabio Scherer  
Sauber Junior Team chasing F3 gains in Hungary

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