Fabio Scherer has confirmed his excellent fifth place from the previous week. At the second DTM meeting in Zolder, Belgium, the Swiss driver, who is…/Read
The third DTM race weekend ended for Fabio Scherer on P12 and P15. Like a week before, the race was held at the Lausitzring. This time, however, the race was not on the short version but on the longer, 4.57 km racetrack. As on previous weekends DTM had no spectators due to COVID-19. At the next race at Assen (4-6 September), at least a limited number of spectators will be admitted. Which means that there will be some support from the grandstands.
Support that Fabio Scherer will surely benefit from. Because the second weekend in the Lausitz did not go according to plan for the young Swiss. Already on Friday in the two free practice sessions Fabio was not satisfied with his speed. “It was extremely hot. And tyre management at such temperatures is not easy. In both sessions I had the feeling that I had too little grip on the rear,” said the driver from WRT Team Audi Sport.
The first qualifying session on Saturday morning then took place in significantly cooler but therefore wet conditions. For Fabio, who drove a DTM car in the rain for only the second time, the 30-minute time chase ended in P13. Because two competitors in front of him had been penalized Fabio was P11 on the grid. In the race, which was started on rain tyres, Fabio finished 12th. “I think I could have achieved more,” says the DTM rookie supported by STOBAG and ATS Banding Systems. “I was first in the pits to change to slicks. And my laptimes afterwards were quite promising. Unfortunately, I missed the apex once when I braked on a still wet spot and went off to the gravel. That cost me about ten seconds. Which was annoying. I was in front of Jamie Green at that point, who was on P10 at the end.”
On Sunday the conditions were somewhere in between. Not as hot as on Friday, but not as cool as on Saturday either. Fabio qualified 13th again and got off to a good start. But at the end of the first lap Fabio was hit by a competitor. The diffuser was damaged and Fabio lost four positions at one stroke. “That was very annoying. Especially because the start was good and I was close to the top 10. With a damaged car it was not easy to finish the race.”
In two weeks DTM heads to Assen. Fabio and his team will analyse the data properly until then. “There is not much missing,” says Fabio. “In the second qualifying only 68 hundredths of a second were missing for a top 10 position. The gaps are very narrow. One could see that in the second race. My gap to the top 3 was 15 seconds after 34 laps. If you make one little mistake, you’re out of the race.”