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
Fabio Scherer is determined to bring his rookie FIA Formula Three European Championship campaign to a positive conclusion when Germany’s Hockenheim circuit hosts the season finale this weekend.
The 19-year-old’s mission to continue adding to his 2018 points tally bore fruit during the penultimate round of the season in Austria last month as he impressively battled his way from P22 to P7 in the second race.
However, Fabio was disappointed not to record the results he wanted in the other two races at Spielberg and that’s something he’s hoping to put right this weekend when Hockenheim – the home of Formula One’s German Grand Prix – hosts the 10th and final round of this season’s FIA Formula Three European Championship.
“For me, the priority this weekend is getting back into a really competitive feeling and finishing the season with a highlight,” the Swiss driver said. “The last couple of race weekends haven’t been as consistent as I would have liked but, with the proper work, I think things should be quite okay at Hockenheim.”
This weekend will mark the first time Fabio has raced at Hockenheim since he recorded a P3 finish during his final race in the ADAC Formula 4 Championship last September. The Stobag-supported driver expects he’ll be able to quickly reacquaint himself with the famous circuit when free practice gets underway on Friday.
“It’s been more or less a year since I was there in F4 but I’m looking forward to going back in an F3 car,” the Motopark driver explained. “Hockenheim is an okay track for me and I like it because you can race there.
“It’s not the easiest track to drive because some corners are quite difficult – especially the hairpin – but that makes it an interesting challenge. I think the weather will be good this weekend so that should make the performance a bit more consistent.”
With the grid for all three of this weekend’s F3 races at Hockenheim being determined early in the schedule, Fabio knows how important it is to make a fast start and ensure his Dallara-Volkswagen car is perfectly tuned in to the circuit.
“If you can find good speed in free practice and carry that into qualifying, your weekend can be so much easier,” he said. “I showed that I can come through from the back and score points at Spielberg but I don’t want to make it that difficult for myself this weekend.”