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Fabio Scherer will come face-to-face with his favourite track on the 2019 FIA Formula 3 Championship calendar this weekend (30 August – 1 September) as the series arrives at Spa Francorchamps in Belgium.

The 7.004km circuit, which nestles in the Ardennes Mountains, is the longest on the schedule and is regarded as one of the most exhilarating for drivers as they bid to conquer some of world motorsport’s most legendary corners and sequences.

Sauber Junior Team driver Fabio raced at the home of F1’s Belgian Grand Prix for the first time last year – and impressively earned a place on the podium in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship.

With that in mind, he’s relishing the prospect of returning to the Spa aspalt in the latest-specification F3 car.

“For me, Spa is the best track of the season,” he said. “I really like the special configuration and I was quick there in 2018 as I moved into the F3 category. I have some good memories and I’m quite optimistic that I can do something positive this weekend.”

Spa marks the sixth event on the eight-round F3 calendar and rising Swiss star Fabio will tackle a pair of races in Belgium. Once Friday afternoon’s all-important qualifying session is complete, Race 1 will start at 10.35 on Saturday and Race 2 will go green at 09.45 the following day.

“Spa is a really quick circuit and you need balls of steel for the high-speed sections,” Fabio explained. “If you can drive cleanly and take care of your tyres for an attack at the end, you should be able to get a good position and some points. That’s my target.”

Once Stobag-supported Fabio has departed Spa, he’ll head straight to Monza in Italy for the penultimate round of the series the following weekend (6-8 September).

He added: “Back-to-back races are really cool for me because you can carry some momentum from one race into the next if you find some good speed.

“I haven’t driven at Monza since I tested there in Formula 4 a couple of years ago but I’m not worried about that. It’s another track that’s fast and they’re the ones I enjoy the most.”

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