Fabio Scherer’s determination to end his FIA Formula 3 Championship campaign on a high was scuppered by cruel luck in both races at Sochi Autodrom…/Read
The third round of the ADAC F4 Championship proved to be a challenging weekend for Fabio Scherer but the Swiss driver used all of his skill to record a pair of point-scoring finishes and set the fastest race lap of the entire weekend at the Red Bull Ring.
The US Racing driver struggled to find the pace that he wanted during Saturday’s qualifying session and was disappointed to learn that he would line up on the grid in P13 for Race 1 and in P10 for Race 2.
The 17-year-old’s fortunes didn’t improve at the start of Race 1 when he was forced into early retirement at the third corner. “I had a really hard crash,” Fabio explained. “I was on the inside at the third corner and another driver came at me like a plane and hit me out of the race. I was stuck in the middle of the track and eight cars hit each other and three hit me. My car was more or less destroyed.”
It was a hugely frustrating start to Fabio’s weekend and meant his US Racing team had to work through the night to expertly repair his #13 car for both of the F4 races that were to follow on Sunday. “There was a lot to do but the team did an absolutely amazing job to repair the car and get me back out on the track,” Fabio said on Sunday morning.
Starting from P10 on the grid in Race 2, Fabio put his first race disappointment behind him as he cooly climbed to P9 on the leaderboard. And that’s where he stayed until the chequered flag dropped after 18 laps of close racing.
Scoring two championship points boosted Fabio’s spirits and he was given further cause to celebrate when he underlined his outright ADAC F4 speed in the most emphatic way possible.
The STOBAG, Eterna and ATS Banding-supported driver’s 1m 30.109s lap during Race 2 proved to be the fastest of the race – and was later confirmed as the fastest F4 race lap of the entire weekend at Austria’s Red Bull Ring.
“The pace was really good in the second race but it proved quite hard to move any further forward,” Fabio said. “The weather was quite hot and when I was closing to the car in front of me, my car became quite tricky to drive. I think I can be happy with my position.”
The result of Sunday’s third and final race once again underlined Fabio’s undoubted talents as a racing driver. Starting from P23 on the grid – a legacy of his retirement in Race 1 – Fabio was determined to end the weekend on a high. And that’s exactly what he did. He expertly fought his way through the field, pulling off a string of impressive passes, to finish P10 and rescue another championship point.
As the curtain came down on the third round of the 2017 ADAC F4 Championship, Fabio was left to reflect on the second event in succession where he had been forced into an early retirement by another driver.
He said: “The problem is that when you don’t finish or struggle in the first race, two of your races are finished because the grid for Race 3 is determined by the result of Race 1. This was the second weekend where I’ve had to fight back from a first race retirement and that’s frustrating.
“I don’t think we are having much luck at the moment and I hope things improve and the luck comes to my side in the coming races. The good thing is that we are showing some fantastic speed and some great potential. The problem definitely isn’t that we don’t have the pace. The speed is there – we just need a little bit of extra luck to turn it into results at the front of the field like we did at the first race weekend of the season.”