Sauber Junior Team in the F3 points again at Monza

08 September 2019
To get pole position and twice in the points is a positive thing.

“To get pole position and twice in the points is a positive thing.”

Fabio Scherer  

The Sauber Junior Team capped a solid FIA Formula 3 Championship weekend at Monza by collecting more points in Sunday’s second race at the high-speed Italian circuit.

The driver development squad showed strong pace through Friday’s practice and qualifying sessions, which was built upon during Saturday’s opening race as Fabio Scherer finished P8 and scored four points.

The reversed-grid set-up put the Swiss driver on pole position for Sunday’s race, run in wet conditions following heavy rain in the morning.

Fabio remained in contention for victory when the track was at its wettest but his rivals were brought into play as the asphalt dried and he took the chequered flag in P7.

Team-mate Raoul Hyman started from P15 and rose to P12, but a five-second time penalty for a track limits infringement resulted in the Briton classifying P17.

Lirim Zendeli started from P26, a legacy of a puncture sustained while leading Saturday’s race.

The German displayed the speed that had enabled him to head the 30-strong field the previous day as he rose to P18 at the finish.

Sauber Junior Team by Charouz will now return to its base in the Czech Republic to begin preparations for the final round of the season, which takes place at Sochi in Russia, at the end of September.

Antonin Charouz, Charouz Racing System owner, said: “I think we’ve showed some good form at times this weekend and we can be pleased that we’ve picked up points from both races with Fabio, just like we did in Austria with Lirim. We’ve definitely made some progress this weekend and the aim is to take that positivity with us to Sochi so we can finish the year strongly.”

Jamie Dye, Team Manager, said: “Fabio did an excellent job to remain in contention during the wet phase of the race, but sadly as the circuit dried he wasn’t quite able to keep the pace. P7 is nonetheless a good result and means we take points from both rounds. Raoul was unlucky with the penalty as he’d done a good job, while Lirim’s prospects were undone on Saturday. But he still got his head down and got on with the job.”

Lirim Zendeli said: “Our straight-line speed was fine, better than anyone else, so that helped us. But that compromised us through the corners. It meant we were sliding a lot, and our corner exits weren’t amazing. The positive is we could show some pace, but it’s unfortunate we didn’t get any points.”

Fabio Scherer said: “Pace-wise we unfortunately struggled a lot when the circuit dried. I couldn’t hold on so it was a really difficult two points to get. But anyway, to get pole position and twice in the points is a positive thing. It’s just a shame the pace wasn’t quite there at the end.”

Raoul Hyman said: “It’s frustrating. We tried to anticipate the weather but we didn’t quite have speed in either conditions, we were sort of in between. I made a few moves, had people overtake me off track, not getting a penalty, then I overtook someone, and I got a penalty. It’s weird. It was nice to move forward a bit anyway.”

To get pole position and twice in the points is a positive thing.

“To get pole position and twice in the points is a positive thing.”

Fabio Scherer  

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