Sauber Junior Team continues F3 points run in Russia


28 September 2019
The lap was insane, but it wasn’t quite enough. I’m happy to have points and it’s a nice boost.

“The lap was insane, but it wasn’t quite enough. I’m happy to have points and it’s a nice boost.”


Raoul Hyman  

The Sauber Junior Team continued its points-scoring streak in the FIA Formula 3 Championship during Saturday’s opening race at Sochi Autodrom.

This weekend’s event in Russia marks the last of eight rounds in the inaugural year of the FIA-sanctioned category, with Sochi Autodrom a new venue for many teams and drivers.

The Sauber Junior Team by Charouz rookie squad arrived buoyed by two points-winning races at the last round in Italy, and again displayed strong pace when the cars took to the track.

Reigning F3 Asia Champion Raoul Hyman started from P15 and quickly worked his way into contention for the points.

The Briton occupied P9 and tried hard to chase down a virtual gap to a driver ahead who had a time penalty, but unfortunately fell slightly short of overhauling the deficit.

P9 nonetheless marked Raoul’s best result of the season and ensured Sauber Junior Team by Charouz added more points to its 2019 tally.

F3 podium finisher Fabio Scherer started from P21 and climbed up the order, but was forced into the pits and retirement when he sustained suspension damage.

Reigning ADAC Formula 4 champion Lirim Zendeli, did not compete in the race due to an administrative issue.

Antonin Charouz, Charouz Racing System owner, said: “Well done to Raoul for a strong race that earned him a season-best result and extended our team’s points run. Fabio too showed good pace and was unlucky to have his race ended prematurely. With one more race to go, the whole team is set for a big push on Sunday.”

Jamie Dye, Team Manager, said: “It’s mega for Raoul – he did a great job and he got very close to reversed-grid pole but it wasn’t quite enough. Nonetheless, it’s a great morale boost for him and all of the guys at the team. It’s disappointing for Fabio who could have made more progress without the issue, but we have one more race to go and we’ll hope to finish on a high.”

Fabio Scherer said: “The pace was decent and I thought I could follow the guys, but I had a very small contact – like elbow fighting – and it was enough to break the suspension. It’s annoying and obviously not what we wanted as we were looking for a good result. It’s disappointing for everyone but we have one more race so let’s finish the year the best way we can.”

Raoul Hyman said: “The start was good and I made up a couple of places. But then I didn’t have the pace of the guys around me. We had a few handling issues that made it risky to push without losing it. I was dealing with this, while still pushing, and then the focus was to stay out of DRS, which I managed to do. We knew Juri [Vips] ahead had a penalty and we tried to get in the window, pushing like crazy, and I was giving it everything, the lap was insane, but it wasn’t quite enough. I’m happy to have points and it’s a nice boost.”

Sunday’s season finale is scheduled to take place at 0955hrs local time (GMT+3), with Raoul set to line up from P9, while Fabio will take the start from P26.

The lap was insane, but it wasn’t quite enough. I’m happy to have points and it’s a nice boost.

“The lap was insane, but it wasn’t quite enough. I’m happy to have points and it’s a nice boost.”


Raoul Hyman  
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