Switzerland’s Fabio Scherer kicked off his 2017 ADAC Formula 4 Championship campaign in fine style this weekend by finishing on the podium and taking two other point-scoring finishes at Oschersleben.

The 17-year-old was determined to take his strong pre-season testing form into the first three races of the new season and he didn’t disappoint in his Stobag and ATS Banding-supported car.

A strong and mature drive in Race One on Saturday was rewarded with a P4 finish, before Fabio improved again in Race Two that afternoon. The US Racing driver initially led Race Two after completing a pair of impressive passes, but the race was red flagged before the first lap was complete to deal with an accident further down the field. When the race restarted, Fabio sped to P3 – only 0.959sec off the winning pace – and took his maiden podium of 2017.

Sunday’s third and final race proved to be a little more frustrating for the Swiss driver as he found it hard to show his true pace on a congested track. However, he still secured P8 out of 25 drivers at the chequered flag and registered his third point-scoring finish in as many F4 races.

Fabio’s strong performances at Oschersleben have already enabled him to score more championship points than he registered during the entire 2016 ADAC Formula 4 Championship season; something that clearly illustrates how much he’s developed his driving skills and improved during the closed season.

“I’ve made quite a lot of improvements over the winter time and my mental strength has definitely got a lot higher that’s for sure,” he said. “I was quite nervous for the first two races on Saturday because it was the first time I was starting so close to the front.

“But it was really nice to drive at the front and the important thing for me was that my speed was really good during all of the races and I was comfortable. I was pushing in all of the races and I felt my tyre management was good. The performance of my Pirelli rubber was always strong and that was key to my successes this weekend.”

One of the areas that Fabio found a bit of a struggle at Oschersleben was his race starts, but he’s vowed to work hard to address that before the second ADAC F4 event at Lausitzring on 19-21 May. He is scheduled to test with his US Racing team before that fixture and is confident he will show a start line improvement before the next sequence of races.

“My starts were not as good as I would have liked but, looking at the weekend as a whole, I am pretty happy with the way it has gone,” he said. “I was maybe a bit too cautious in some situations but it’s the first weekend of the new season and it’s important to make sure you finish the races and score points if you can. Thanks to the hard work of everyone at US Racing and my engineers, Hendrik and Ronny, we’ve achieved those goals.

“Looking at the races that are coming up, I’m optimistic because we are visiting tracks where it will be a lot easier to overtake. If I can show the same pace that I did at Oschersleben and I can continue my learning, we should be in a strong position to score some more points.”

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