Fabio Scherer’s determination to end his FIA Formula 3 Championship campaign on a high was scuppered by cruel luck in both races at Sochi Autodrom…/Read
Swiss racing driver Fabio Scherer is determined to end his FIA Formula 3 Championship campaign on a high as the season draws to a close at Sochi Autodrom this weekend (27-29 September).
The Sauber Junior Team by Charouz driver heads to the Russian circuit off the back of his most productive race weekend of the year last time out at Monza, where he charged to a brace of points finishes.
From the legendary Italian parkland circuit, an equally challenging venue awaits the 20-year-old this weekend. Constructed on the roads around the former Winter Olympic complex, Sochi Autodrom demands a medium-downforce car set-up that gives the driver plenty of straight-line speed but doesn’t reduce grip through the corners.
The 5.84km track is a real test of skill and bravery, and Fabio believes it will suit his driving style.
“Although I’ve never raced at Sochi – actually, this will be my first-ever visit to Russia – I’m usually pretty quick on city tracks so I’m confident,” he said. “It is a fast, interesting circuit and I’m looking forward to it. I’ve had a few training sessions in the simulator, so I feel well prepared. Let’s see what it brings.”
Fabio’s first proper experience of the track will be the all-important Practice 1 session at 08.20 (GMT+3) on Friday morning, before qualifying takes place at 13.00 the same day. The Stobag-backed driver acknowledges that it will be vital to get up to speed quickly.
“Getting a clear lap in qualifying is always important in Formula 3, but even more so at Sochi,” he explained. “It can be difficult on city circuits like this, mainly due to yellow and red flags and traffic, and getting a good slipstream from a rival on the long main straight will be crucial too.
“Finding a gap in qualifying is the main target so that I can get a good grid position and start the weekend on the front foot.
“I’m feeling pretty good after Monza. Although there were still some things we need to work on, such as our overall pace, the racing and fighting for position was really positive.
“I’m determined to carry on the momentum and finish the season with some good results. That way I can have an optimistic winter and put myself in a strong position for next year.”
Fabio’s first 20-lap race is due to start at 10.15 on Saturday, while the 16th and final round of the 2019 FIA Formula 3 Championship will go green at 09.55 on Sunday morning.