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
Fabio Scherer continued his promising education in the FIA F3 European Championship by twice finishing in the points at the Hungaroring this weekend.
The Swiss racer, who is an FIA F3 rookie, finished P10 in the first and third races of the weekend, which was punctuated by humid conditions and dramatic thunderstorms.
Fabio approached the weekend expecting that high temperatures and the highly technical nature of the circuit would not be best suited to his naturally aggressive style of driving.
“I had to drive so carefully in order to look after the tyres. It was a strange experience, but I think this will be the most difficult track of the year for me, so to come away in the points twice is not too bad,” the Team Motopark driver said.
“The lap times of the top-ten drivers were so close in every track session. I improved throughout the whole weekend and that is something really positive to take away.”
The 18-year-old qualified in P14 for Saturday’s opening race around the 4.381km track, which was still slightly damp following an earlier cloudburst.
“I was unlucky because I was starting on the side of the circuit which was still damp and therefore lacking in grip,” he said. “Due to that, I lost a couple of positions at the start, but I still managed to make up four places during the race.”
He was hopeful of more success during the first of Sunday’s races, having qualified well in P10. However, he found himself shuffled down the order on a hectic opening lap and eventually finished in P11, one place shy of the points positions.
Fabio started Sunday afternoon’s race from P13 on the grid, but drove a clean and committed first lap to emerge in an impressive P7. Despite falling back one place on lap four, he drove consistently to finish P8 on the road.
As Fabio crossed the finish line, however, race organisers handed him a five-second time penalty because he was deemed to have accelerated one-tenth of a second too early at the end of a mid-race full-course caution period.
The penalty dropped the Stobag-supported driver to P10 in the final classification, but Fabio was satisfied to end the weekend with a strong performance.
He explained: “Race three was the first time all weekend I felt like the car had good pace and the tyres held up well. I could be more consistent with my lap times, whereas in the previous two races the tyres had worn out completely.
“It gave me valuable experience of managing the tyres, something that’s really important in higher categories of racing.”
With six races complete, Fabio occupies P13 in the FIA F3 European Championship and is also P6 in the separate standings for rookie competitors.
Next week Fabio will complete his school exams and take part in a kart race for fun, before starting his preparations for the next FIA F3 European Championship event at the Norisring street circuit in Germany on 22-24 June.