Sauber Junior Team F3 trio target progress in France


19 June 2019
My expectation is to achieve a top 10 grid position in qualifying and then look to challenge for points in the races

“My expectation is to achieve a top 10 grid position in qualifying and then look to challenge for points in the races”


Fabio Scherer  

The Sauber Junior Team’s trio of FIA Formula 3 Championship drivers are eager to prove their potential this weekend when Circuit Paul Ricard in France hosts the second round of 2019.

A partnership between Sauber Motorsport and Charouz Racing System, the Sauber Junior Team offers talented youngsters a pathway through the FIA’s single-seater formulae, including the new Formula 3 series, which got underway in Spain last month.

The team’s drivers – reigning ADAC F4 champion Lirim Zendeli, F3 podium finisher Fabio Scherer and F3 Asia champion Raoul Hyman had a challenging debut in Barcelona and left the season-opener empty-handed, despite showing encouraging pace.

In France, the trio are eager to fulfil their undoubted potential and challenge for the points-scoring positions.

The weekend marks a return to the South of France for the team, with Circuit Paul Ricard having hosted the inaugural pre-season test back in March. It also kicks off the busiest period in the F3 season, with three rounds during the next four weeks.

Antonin Charouz, Charouz Racing System owner, said: “I’ve spoken to all of the drivers since Barcelona and they’re definitely fired up for this weekend’s races. The first round in Spain was tough but we’ve done lots of analysis back at the factory and we think we’ll be ready to challenge within what is an extremely strong 30-car field.”

Jamie Dye, Team Manager, said: “We’ve had a long break since Barcelona and that’s given us plenty of time to prepare for Paul Ricard. Everyone’s eager to get out there and deliver the progress we think we’ve made. We’ve already tested at Paul Ricard and we’ve learned a lot recently. Hopefully we can get into the points as we know we have the performance.”

Lirim Zendeli said: “We were close to the top 10 and saw lots of potential in Barcelona and I gained a lot of confidence there. It’s important that we build on that in France. Getting qualifying right is going to be crucial because everyone is very close in race trim. My aim for this weekend is to get some points.”

Fabio Scherer said: “It was a difficult start to the year in Barcelona, but I’ve spent time with the team and we’ve had a look at where we can improve. I’ve never raced at Paul Ricard, but the pre-season test has given us some familiarity. My expectation is to achieve a top 10 grid position in qualifying and then look to challenge for points in the races.”

Raoul Hyman said: “I’m treating Paul Ricard as a fresh start to the season. Barcelona was difficult but the team and I both learned a lot. In France we need to make sure we maximise what we have and try to have a trouble-free weekend. We need to kickstart our campaign – and I’m excited for the challenge.”

My expectation is to achieve a top 10 grid position in qualifying and then look to challenge for points in the races

“My expectation is to achieve a top 10 grid position in qualifying and then look to challenge for points in the races”


Fabio Scherer  
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