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Fabio Scherer showed his strength of character at the Lausitzring this weekend as he put the disappointment of a forced retirement during Saturday’s opening ADAC Formula 4 Championship race firmly behind him to deliver a pair of impressive performances in the two races that followed.
In the build up to the second round of the F4 series, Fabio predicted he would have to be at his best to score the results he wanted at Lausitzring – the track where he secured his maiden F4 win in 2016 – and he started strongly during Friday’s Qualifying session.
His fastest time on the 3.44km track was good enough to place him P3 out of 26 cars on the grid for Saturday’s opening race, while his second fastest time secured P2 on the grid for the second race on Saturday afternoon.
The Swiss driver was justifiably happy with his speed and was well placed to battle for the podium places in Race 1. However, once the 20-lap race got underway, Fabio was the victim of some hard contact at turn one and was pushed off the track. With the rear suspension on his US Racing car broken, Fabio’s first race was over.
“It was very bad start to the weekend,” he said. “My qualifying pace was pretty good and I was looking forward to challenging at the front in Race 1, but getting hit was not part of the plan. When I braked for the corner, I looked in my mirror and the car that hit me wasn’t there. He was very late and arrived too fast. There was nothing I could do and the impact broke the suspension.”
The driver that caused the collision was subsequently given a 10-place grid penalty for Race 2 . Fabio, meanwhile, was left to plot his fightback as he prepared for Race 2 a short time later.
As the grid lights went out, the Stobag-supported driver was in a determined mood. Although he lost some ground to the leaders when his car didn’t select second gear crisply after a brief safety car period, Fabio fought his way to an impressive P4 finish and only missed a place on the podium by 0.04s at the chequered flag.
He also set the second fastest lap of the race to underline his position as one of the 2017 series’ fastest drivers. It was the perfect response to the disappointment of Race 1 and ensured Fabio added another 12 points to his championship score.
And Fabio showed his immense talent and determination during the third and final race of the weekend on Sunday afternoon as he drove through the field and turned his P24 grid position – a legacy of his unplanned retirement from Race 1 – into an impressive P13 finish at the chequered flag.
Although he just missed out on adding some more championship points to his season total in Race 3, Fabio had still shown great strength of character to ensure he took more positives than negatives from his race weekend.
“What happened in the first race was very disappointing and unlucky for me, but I was pretty pleased with the fact that I scored some good points in Race 2 and managed to fight hard in the last race,” Fabio said. “Our pace overall was very good this weekend. In every session and every race, we were one of the quickest. The pace of the team was crazy and everyone was pleased with that.”
“My speed was fantastic, but the end results were disappointing. We could have had more. I think there are a few places where I can improve and I’m hoping we’ll get the results that our speed deserves when we get to the next races at the Red Bull Ring.”
The third round of the ADAC F4 Championship will be held at Austria’s Red Bull Ring on 9-11 June.