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Fabio Scherer is optimistic he can build on his point-scoring form in the FIA Formula 3 Championship when the series arrives in Hungary this weekend (2-4 August).

The Sauber Junior Team driver was unable to make the impact he wanted in the early rounds of this year’s championship, but his form turned around dramatically at Silverstone earlier this month.

The fourth round of the season gave Fabio his best qualifying performance of the year (P9 out of 30 cars) before he then stormed from P16 to P8 in Sunday’s second F3 race to secure his best race result and first point of 2019.

“We definitely went in the right direction at Silverstone and I think we still have a lot more potential,” the Swiss driver explained. “I felt at one with my car and I got a good, consistent feeling from it. We now know where to go and what to do.

“It’s a relief because there have been some quite tough moments already this year. But we’re now getting closer to where we should be and that’s a great feeling heading into the second half of the season.”

The Hungaroring will host the fifth round of the F3 series this weekend and Stobag-supported Fabio is hoping he can take another step forward at the home of the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The 4.38km circuit is one of the shortest on the current F1 calendar and the second slowest behind Monaco’s street circuit.

“The Hungaroring doesn’t feel as slow as the statistics tell you because, although there aren’t many long straights, there are some good, high-speed corners,” Fabio pointed out.

“I drove there in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship during 2018 and scored some points. I think it will be a fun circuit to drive in this year’s F3 car.”

Having returned to form, Fabio has a clear target for the two races that he will contest this weekend. He said: “Two finishes inside the points is what I want. If we can carry the same pace we had at Silverstone to the Hungaroring, I think we should be okay.”

Fabio’s race weekend will get underway with Friday’s practice session which starts at 09.35. Qualifying is scheduled for 09.00 on Saturday, while the opening 22-lap race will go green at 16.45 the same day. The competitive action will draw to a close with the final F3 race at 10.00 on Sunday.

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