Sauber Junior Team continue F3 learning in France


22 June 2019
We were able to test a few different things and get some laps in which will hopefully be useful tomorrow

“We were able to test a few different things and get some laps in which will hopefully be useful tomorrow”


Raoul Hyman  

The Sauber Junior Team took some valuable learning from its opening FIA Formula 3 Championship race at Circuit Paul Ricard in France today (Saturday).

The newly-formed driver development squad is a collaboration between Sauber Motorsport and the highly-decorated Charouz Racing System outfit.

The team travelled to the second round of the season at the French Grand Prix confident of an upturn in fortunes after a challenging opening event in Spain.

Sauber Junior Team by Charouz drivers Lirim Zendeli, Fabio Scherer and Raoul Hyman all made progress during the opening laps of a highly-competitive 20-lap race.

Swiss driver Fabio made up eight positions as he crossed the line in P15, with reigning F3 Asia champion Raoul fighting back to a solid P17 after he dropped to the back of the field at the start with a technical issue.

Unfortunately, ADAC F4 champion Lirim was forced to retire in the closing stages after he received heavy contact from a rival.

Antonin Charouz, Charouz Racing System owner, said: “Sadly, today’s race served up a double dose of bad luck and that really made it hard to secure the results we were targeting. I think our pace was generally good but we need to be able to use it. We’ll take this experience and try to apply it positively as we prepare for Race Two.”

Jamie Dye, team manager, said: “It’s a disappointing result for the team after all the hard work we did before coming to France. I think we were unlucky with a couple of incidents, but ultimately there is still some valuable learning to be taken by the drivers and the team. Sunday’s race will be tricky as we have compromised grid positions, but we’ll try our best to make gains while gathering as much data as we can.”

Lirim Zendeli said: “I was able to make up some places at the start but then my race was a lot about defending the positions I’d gained. I was battling with another driver and he drove into me at the chicane. It was a hard impact and we weren’t sure how much damage there was to the car so we opted to pit and save things for Sunday’s race. Hopefully we can have a more positive result.”

Fabio Scherer said: “I had a good start and overtook some cars; I think my driving was okay. We had a good balance at the beginning, but after two laps we started struggling for performance. I was having problems with the tyres in the very hot weather. Obviously, I wanted to finish higher but the race gave me more valuable experience. I think I can make another step tomorrow.”

Raoul Hyman said: “Unfortunately my race was run at the start. The [clutch] bite-point moved on the formation lap and I knew that was trouble. I had to find it twice at the start and when I pulled away the car stalled. I managed to get going but I was a long way back. We were able to test a few different things and get some laps in which will hopefully be useful tomorrow.”

The team’s second F3 race of the weekend is scheduled to start at 09:55 (GMT +2) tomorrow.

We were able to test a few different things and get some laps in which will hopefully be useful tomorrow

“We were able to test a few different things and get some laps in which will hopefully be useful tomorrow”


Raoul Hyman  
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