Sauber Junior Team gain places during second F3 race in Hungary


04 August 2019
I’m pleased that we could make up a good number of places today but there’s definitely more work needed

“I’m pleased that we could make up a good number of places today but there’s definitely more work needed”


Antonin Charouz  

The Sauber Junior Team completed the fifth round of the FIA Formula 3 Championship in Hungary with a resilient performance during Sunday’s second race, having battled significant tyre wear.

The outcome of Saturday’s opening race decided the grid for the second 22-lap encounter of the weekend, which took place in warm and sunny conditions at the tight and twisty Hungaroring Circuit.

F3 podium finisher Fabio Scherer started from P15, F3 Asia Champion Raoul Hyman took the start from P22, while ADAC F4 Champion Lirim Zendeli was P29 after suffering at the hands of an engine issue a day earlier.

Tyre limitations restricted the progress that the Sauber Junior Team by Charouz trio could make but Fabio moved his way forward in a fiercely-fought midfield battle to take P13, within sight of the top 10.

Lirim was one of the highest climbers during the race as he impressively captured nine positions to take the chequered flag in P20.

Raoul pushed hard during the early stages of the race and ultimately crossed the line in P25.

Antonin Charouz, Charouz Racing System owner, said: “It’s been a tough weekend for our F3 drivers and they’ve had to try and overcome various challenges. I’m pleased that we could make up a good number of places today but there’s definitely more work needed to eliminate the small problems and to make sure we can enjoy a better qualifying performance.”

Jamie Dye said: “We tried a few different things for this race hoping to move forward. We got stuck in a bit of traffic behind slower cars, but the opportunities to pass were limited. Lirim made good progress but his front-left tyre went off, Raoul pushed earlier than that and his front-left went off quicker than anybody’s. Fabio had a similar issue.”

Lirim Zendeli said: “Pace-wise it was a good race. I caught up quite a lot, more than 1.5s per lap, and I closed up to the group but then it was difficult to pass. When you start at the back it’s tough to make up places on this track. I think I did a good job with my driving and the strategy as I saved my tyres. But we know we need to understand the tyres better for sure.”

Fabio Scherer said: “I felt like it was one of my better races in terms of driving performance, but we really had a limitation with the tyres. After two laps I was having problems and that was a really difficult situation. At least I finished the race and got a bit further forward. Hopefully we can find some more improvements after the summer break.”

Raoul Hyman said: “The start was better and I made a few positions which was nice. The pace at the beginning was similar to everyone else but I started losing front grip very early. I had to back off to try and preserve the tyres, but it got progressively worse. By the end the left tyre was completely gone and there was very little that I could do.”

The Sauber Junior Team F3 squad will return to action at Belgium’s Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps from 30 August – 1 September.

I’m pleased that we could make up a good number of places today but there’s definitely more work needed

“I’m pleased that we could make up a good number of places today but there’s definitely more work needed”


Antonin Charouz  
Sauber Junior Team gain places during second F3 race in Hungary

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