In less than two weeks, Fabio Scherer will finally start the season with the official WEC testing duties in Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium (26/27 April). To make…/Read
The ADAC Formula 4 Championship reaches its mid-way point at Oschersleben this weekend and Switzerland’s Fabio Scherer is hoping to improve on the impressive results he scored when the track played host to the first round of the 2017 series in April.
The US Racing driver made a positive start to the new season at the 3.69km track last time out as he finished on the podium in the second race – only 0.959sec shy of the winning pace – and also scored P4 and P8 finishes in the other closely-contested races.
Fabio’s pace at the opening round of the season was so impressive that it allowed him to score more points in the first three races than he did during the entire 2016 ADAC F4 season.
“It was quite a good weekend for me last time in Oschersleben and I hope I can follow these results and this pace again,” the Stobag, Eterna and ATS Banding-supported driver said. “I led the second race until the race was red flagged so my pace can definitely be strong there. I hope we can do some good things again this weekend.”
Fabio will go into the fourth round of the ADAC F4 Championship occupying P11 in the drivers’ points. With a further 12 opportunities to score points before the season ends, the former Swiss National Karting Champion’s recent form indicates he has the potential to finish the current campaign strongly.
But the 18-year-old insists he’s just taking one event at a time and isn’t allowing himself to get distracted by the championship standings.
“I’ve never been a driver that looks at the championship,” he said. “I prefer to focus on my driving and do my best in my car. The racing is so close in the ADAC F4 Championship that you really have to concentrate all of your energy on finding the best set up and then driving as neatly as possible.
“Overtaking is really tough at a tight and twisty track like Oschersleben so I’ll need to be on top of my game if I’m going to build on the results I scored in April.”
With the weather at Oschersleben expected to be warm and sunny this weekend, the Pirelli control tyres are likely to offer Fabio and the other drivers in the ADAC F4 field plenty of grip.
He said: “I’m expecting the grip will be better than it was in April and that should make the track a lot of fun. There are lots of fast corner combinations where the car should stick to the road. It will be really important to make the most of the grip because if you get one corner wrong at Oschersleben, you’ll destroy your line for the next one and lose time.”
ADAC F4 Qualifying at Oschersleben will get underway at 08.30 on Saturday (CEST), while Race 1 will start at 12.50 and Race 2 will commence at 15.55. Sunday’s Race 3 will start at 11.05.