Sauber Junior Team driver Fabio Scherer experienced a character-building weekend as the FIA Formula 3 Championship got underway at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain, where…/Read
Switzerland’s Fabio Scherer is optimistic he can record some positive results when the FIA European Formula 3 Championship visits the Spielberg circuit in Austria this weekend (21-23 September).
The Team Motopark driver arrives at the penultimate round of the series determined to replicate the kind of form that has already steered him to the F3 podium during his rookie season.
The 4.31km Spielberg circuit is a venue where Fabio has performed strongly in the past and that’s something that has given him confidence as he prepares to race an F3 car at the picturesque track for the first time.
“I’m quite optimistic because normally I’m quick on this track,” he explained. “I made the fastest race lap times when I raced there in ADAC F4 during 2017 and 2016 so that’s quite encouraging for me.
“I have reset everything after quite a frustrating weekend at the Nürburgring during the last races and the target is to get on the right pace as soon as possible in Austria.
“I’m expecting the weekend to be difficult and very close but I think everything should be quite okay if we can make a positive start.”
The characteristics of the Spielberg circuit encourage overtaking and that’s something Fabio – who is noted for his attacking race craft – is excited about, particularly after finding passing opportunities limited during the last couple of F3 events in Germany and Italy.
“The great thing is Spielberg is a track where you can overtake pretty good and that means you can actually race,” the 19-year-old said. “That’s been missing for the last races at the Nürburgring and Misano. I think that will make this weekend interesting – and hopefully give me some good opportunities to progress.”
Fabio, who is proudly supported by Stobag, enjoyed a productive, two-day test at Spielberg in March and he believes the experience he took from those on-track sessions will help to discover a good set up for his Volkswagen-powered Dallara this weekend.
He said: “It’s quite a difficult track for set up. In the first sector, you need less downforce because there are two long straights. But then in the second and third sectors you need a quite a high downforce car because the corners are quick.
“That’s always a compromise because you can be much faster in the first one or much faster in the last two.
“But it’s a good challenge to have and I’m looking forward to working with my team to find the best solution. I’m feeling positive we can do that.”
Fabio’s first race at Spielberg will get underway ay 10.25 on Saturday, while his races on Sunday will start at 10.25 and 15.00 respectively. Time quoted are local.