Sauber Junior Team surges into F3 points at Silverstone


14 July 2019
 It’s good that we’ve been able to find solutions when the going has been tough

“ It’s good that we’ve been able to find solutions when the going has been tough”


Raoul Hyman  

The Sauber Junior Team showed impressive pace during the second FIA Formula 3 Championship race at Silverstone on Sunday as two of its drivers surged in to the top 10 during a frenetic battle.

The driver development squad showed promising speed during practice and qualifying at the home of British motorsport, but all three drivers struggled to make an impact in Saturday’s opening race.

That meant Lirim Zendeli started the second race from P15 on the grid while team-mates Fabio Scherer and Raoul Hyman lined up P16 and P28 respectively.

In a frantic 20-lap encounter in drizzly conditions at the 5.89km Silverstone circuit, all three drivers impressively worked their way forward, with Lirim and Fabio fighting hard for the points-paying positions.

Having joined the train of cars in the fight for the podium places, Fabio completed the race in P8 to claim his first point of the season while Lirim was just behind in P9.

Raoul made up 10 positions to classify in P18, rebounding strongly after suffering an early retirement during Saturday’s race.

Silverstone’s results mean the Sauber Junior Team by Charouz squad closes the first half of 2019 holding P8 in the Teams’ Championship.

The next round of the season will take place at the Hungaroring, located on the outskirts of the Hungarian capital, Budapest, from 2-4 August.

Antonin Charouz, Charouz Racing System owner, said: “We said after Austria that we wanted to get more of our drivers into the top 10 and we did that today. All three of the guys made fantastic progress and I feel we’re now starting to establish some momentum as we gather more data and experience. We hope the second half of the season will be positive for us.”

Jamie Dye, Team Manager, said: “We addressed the lack of pace during yesterday’s race and that gave us a fantastic performance today. Fabio showed great speed, particularly during the second half of the race, and it was good to get Lirim into the top-ten as well. It was a frustrating weekend for Raoul but he did the maximum to make up 10 places. We’re pleased with that.”

Lirim Zendeli said: “I was in the points, I think I was P6 or P7, but I had no DRS and I also had to go onto the outside of the dirty track to avoid another driver that was spinning in front of me. That lost me a couple of positions. It’s frustrating when you think about the positions we gained, but at least we showed some decent pace through the weekend and we can build on that.”

Fabio Scherer said: “It took a long time but finally I got into the points. We made a big jump forward with the car this weekend so huge thanks to the team as they did a lot of hard work. Now, I think we’ve found a good direction and decent race pace. I could be close to the quickest laps here so it was good. Now we need to keep pushing. In Budapest we should be even stronger.”

Raoul Hyman said: “It’s a positive outcome. We made a few more changes on the car to try and test things and they worked. We kept it clean at the start and tried to pick the others off. We still have more pace to find but at least we were in the fight, so it’s good progress. It’s good that we’ve been able to find solutions when the going has been tough.”

 It’s good that we’ve been able to find solutions when the going has been tough

“ It’s good that we’ve been able to find solutions when the going has been tough”


Raoul Hyman  
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