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Switzerland’s Fabio Scherer will go into the penultimate round of the 2017 ADAC F4 Championship at Sachsenring this weekend (15-17 September) determined to end his season strongly.
The 18-year-old has finished on the F4 podium three times already this season and currently occupies sixth place in the series points standings. But with two events remaining and six more point-scoring opportunities available, Fabio is keen to finish on a high.
The US Racing driver said: “I want to do some strong races before the end of the season and to translate my speed into consistent results. We’ve been fast pretty much everywhere this season but we’ve had some bad luck and I’ve made a couple of mistakes. I think I should have maybe 40% more points than I have at the moment.
“I scored 26 points during the whole of the 2016 season and I’m already on 98.5 heading into this weekend so that’s a massive improvement for me. My target this weekend will be to drive at the maximum and try to go to the limit. I want to take as many podiums as possible and make a good end to the year.”
This weekend’s meeting at Sachsenring will mark the first time the ADAC F4 series has visited the 3.64km track this season. Fabio enjoyed a successful test at the venue at the end of August and he’s confident he can deliver good performances across all three races this weekend.
But he knows tyre management will be key to his chances of overcoming the unique challenge that Sachsenring poses and leaving the track with three strong results on Sunday afternoon.
“It’s quite a special track because you have a right corner and then a left and a right corner. After that, the rest of the lap is just left turns,” Fabio explained. “It’s an enjoyable track to drive because the speeds are high and it’s fun. But it’s not easy with an F4 car at Sachsenring because you can easily lose the rear.
“It’s tricky to warm up the left tyres because there are so many left turns. I will need to watch the right tyres because if I push like crazy, they will be gone after three laps.”
Fabio, who is proudly supported by Stobag, Eterna Watches and ATS Banding during the 2017 season, also believes a brand-new track surface and the weather at Sachsenring could influence results this weekend.
“There is new asphalt around the whole track and that made the times more or less 1.5 – 2 seconds a lap quicker when we tested,” he said. “That was in quite warm conditions. It could be considerably colder this weekend and there could maybe be a bit of rain as well so that could alter the challenge for everyone.”