Sauber Junior Team completes debut F3 season in Russia


29 September 2019
It was difficult, but we at least scored points on Saturday, which ends the season on a positive.

“It was difficult, but we at least scored points on Saturday, which ends the season on a positive.”


Raoul Hyman  

The Sauber Junior Team wrapped up its maiden season in the FIA Formula 3 Championship at the Sochi Autodrom today, securing P8 in the final Teams’ Championship standings.

The newly-formed driver development programme has been delivered as a partnership between Sauber Motorsport and Charouz Racing System, and its F3 programme has been an integral part of its racing campaign in 2019.

Sunday’s second race in Russia brought down the curtain on the eight-round season, in which the team and its development drivers have gained valuable experience.

British driver Raoul Hyman backed up his points-scoring effort in Saturday’s first race by completing the 20-lap distance in P13.

Team-mate Fabio Scherer started from P27 on the grid and made early gains but unfortunately had to retire from the race due to a mechanical issue.

It means Sauber Junior Team by Charouz classifies P8 in the Teams’ Championship at the conclusion of its rookie season in the F3 category.

Antonin Charouz, Charouz Racing System owner, said: “Our first season in the F3 category was always going to be tough because it’s such a competitive 30-car grid. We’ve had some highs and some lows during our campaign and we’ve showed that we can be competitive at this level of competition by winning pole positions, leading races and scoring points. That’s a good foundation for us to build on going forwards.”

Jamie Dye, Team Manager, said: “It’s disappointing to end our final race without any points but both of our guys did their best. It means we finish our first season P8 in the championship. I’d like to thank all of the guys and our drivers for their efforts this year. We’ve all learned a lot and we’ll use that valuable experience in the future.”

Raoul Hyman said: “The first lap set the tone for the race. I had a decent start and I was in the tow for the guys around me, but because the run to Turn 2 is so long, there were a lot of us together and I just lost out. I don’t think I would have done anything differently at the time. After that I just didn’t really have the pace compared to the guys ahead. It was difficult, but we at least scored points on Saturday, which ends the season on a positive.”

Fabio Scherer said: “Unfortunately my steering wheel switched off after 10 laps, but before the start it was already clear that I was probably not going to finish the race because of another issue. The pace itself wasn’t too bad, as I could move forward. It’s a shame to end the season in this way but that’s how it is sometimes.”

It was difficult, but we at least scored points on Saturday, which ends the season on a positive.

“It was difficult, but we at least scored points on Saturday, which ends the season on a positive.”


Raoul Hyman  
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