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
Fabio Scherer rounded off his ADAC F4 campaign with a flourish this weekend, when he claimed his sixth podium of the season at an action-packed final round at Hockenheim.
The 18-year-old Swiss driver claimed P3 in Saturday’s Race 1, continuing an impressive run of form that included a race win at the previous round at Sachsenring.
But while the omens looked good for more success in Races 2 and 3 at one of his favourite circuits, Scherer was dealt a double dose of bad luck when he came off worse in two racing incidents.
The weekend began perfectly when the US Racing driver set fastest time at Friday’s opening free-practice session. Scherer was P2 for much of that afternoon’s qualifying session, but wasn’t able to find an optimum lap on his second set of tyres and ended P7.
Saturday’s Race 1 got off to a chaotic start because of a starting light glitch, but Scherer was immediately on the attack and made up three places in the opening lap. He kept a cool head, making up one more position to end P3 from the 23-car field and extend his record of podium finishes to four consecutive rounds.
“It was a proper race, and again I was pleased to be able to show what is possible when everything comes together,” Scherer said. “I showed I had the speed, and that was good – especially after a bit of a disappointing qualifying when I wasn’t able to get the best from my second set of tyres.”
Scherer began Race 2 from P9 and got off to a great start again, catching two places in the first lap. But this charge came to an end shortly after, when his car collided with a rival’s and lost its left-front wing. Scherer pitted for a replacement, but later retired having dropped more than a lap to the leaders.
Eager to sign off his season on a high, Scherer got Sunday’s Race 3 off to a terrific start and he shot from P8 to P5 before joining the wheel-to-wheel scrap among the front-runners.
But with P4 in his sights, Scherer’s car was again bumped and he was forced to take evasive action by driving onto the grass. He rejoined the track in P13, then made up two positions to end P11.
“In Race 2 I was quite unlucky, I lost the wing on lap one and for me the race was already over. Today was crazy, almost like a banger race, there was so much contact, nobody left any space and it was a bad situation,” Scherer said.
“Okay, the second two races were not that good, and I know it was possible to take more from this weekend, but that’s how it is sometimes. The important thing is that I learn from the experience.”
Looking back at his second season in the ADAC Formula 4 Championship, Scherer was pleased with his record.
“I’m happy with this season because I have achieved quite a lot of podiums, the speed has been there for the whole time and I have learned so much,” he said. “Fighting at the front is completely different to fighting in the midfield. I feel I have improved a lot with my driving and tyre management and that’s so important for the next step.”
“My team and my team-mates have been very good to work with and I’d like to thank them all for making this season so valuable. I also add my sincere thanks to the support of my partners Stobag, Eterna Watches and ATS Banding.
“Now we regroup and prepare for the next step. I think it looks really good for next year. I’m excited about what the future holds,” he added.