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Switzerland’s Fabio Scherer will return to the track where he secured his first-ever F3 pole position this weekend as the FIA Formula 3 Championship resumes at Silverstone in the UK.

The Sauber Junior Team driver will be bidding to score his first points of the season at the iconic British circuit and he feels there’s no better venue to try and turn his fortunes around.

The 20-year-old said: “I have good memories of Silverstone. Making my first F3 pole position as a rookie there last year was a special moment and confirmed that I can be strong at this level.

“We’ve had some problems and bad luck so far this season but I know things will change eventually and I’m pushing for that. Why not at Silverstone?”

The 5.89km circuit, which features medium- and high-speed corners that are renowned for pushing tyres to their performance limit, is a favourite destination for many drivers and Fabio is no exception. He’s a big fan of the challenge that the track poses.

“For me, it’s a brilliant circuit,” he explained. “It’s really quick and there are some very long corners that are especially cool – like the famous ‘Maggotts’ and ‘Becketts’ sequence. The speed through those corners is quite special with the downforce F3 cars have.”

Fabio’s British Grand Prix race weekend, which signals the mid-point of his 2019 F3 campaign, will start with practice (08.35) and qualifying (16.50) on Friday, before he contests a pair of 20-lap races on Saturday (09.25) and Sunday (08.35) respectively.

“I went to the team simulator last Thursday to continue my preparations for this weekend and that session was quite okay,” the Stobag-supported driver said. “I’ve continued to work with the team to find some improvements and I think we are going in a positive direction. I’m pretty happy about that. Now it’s a case of seeing what the weekend brings.

“It’s going to be crucial to make a strong start in practice because that sets the tone for the rest of the weekend. If you can be near to the pace in that session, it’s easier to get even closer in qualifying. If you don’t start practice well, qualifying is even harder.”


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