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
US Racing driver Fabio Scherer is aiming to take his race-winning form from the last ADAC F4 Championship round into the final event of the 2017 series at Hockenheim this weekend.
The 18-year-old was the star performer at Sachsenring as he scored P1, P2 and P5 finishes in the three races. It was his strongest race weekend of the year and, scoring an impressive 53 championship points, meant Fabio was able to leap from P6 in the series standings to P4.
The points deficit that currently separates Fabio from P3 in the standings is sizeable. But the Swiss driver will nevertheless be pushing for as many points as he can when the competitive action gets underway on Friday so he can finish as close to P3 as possible.
“My confidence is definitely high for this weekend and I’m hoping I can be as fast as I was in the recent test at Hockenheim,” the Stobag, Eterna Watches and ATS Banding-supported driver said. “We drove there for two days at the end of August and my speed was really good.
“It’s a track that I really enjoy because there are lots of places to overtake and have some good battles with the other drivers. It’s going to be an exciting end to the year.”
Although he’s been happy with his recent race pace and performances in the F4 category, Fabio is keen to make some small improvements in qualifying so that he can start the opening pair of races at Hockenheim from higher up the grid.
He explained: “I was P3 on the grid for my first two races at Sachsenring and that was okay. But I’m still not completely happy with my qualifying. Okay, I’m already at a really high level, but I know there is the potential to find even more speed and set even faster times.
“I only need to find one or two tenths to be starting on the front row. That would make the races a bit easier and means I can score more points.”
With Hockenheim only 230km from the north of Switzerland, Fabio is expected to have a large contingent of friends and family supporting him at the final ADAC F4 Championship round this weekend. He’s hoping to reward them by climbing on to the podium for at least the fifth time this year.
“It’s almost a local race for me so lots of people are coming from Switzerland to watch,”he said. “That will be a nice feeling and I have to say the races can’t come quickly enough!”
ADAC F4 qualifying at Hockenheim will start at 17.55 (local time) on Friday, while Race 1 and Race 2 will start at 11.10 and 14.45 respectively on Saturday. Sunday’s Race 3 gets underway at 11.30.