Another F2 top 10 finish for Sauber Junior Team in Hungary


04 August 2019
I was trying to keep pace with the Virtuosi cars that were around me and I had a lot of pressure from Zhou

“I was trying to keep pace with the Virtuosi cars that were around me and I had a lot of pressure from Zhou”


Callum Ilott  

The Sauber Junior Team collected a top 10 finish during the FIA Formula 2 Championship Sprint Race at the Hungaroring on Sunday.

The squad’s rookie line-up of Ferrari Driver Academy member Callum Ilott and Alfa Romeo F1 Development Driver Juan Manuel Correa racked up more useful experience in a processional race at the home of the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Callum started P10 and worked his way past Nikita Mazepin to move to within striking distance of the points, although the Briton later relinquished a spot to Guanyu Zhou, coming home P10.

For Juan Manuel it was a lonely race as he carried his grid position of P14 to the conclusion of the 28-lap encounter.

Juan Manuel leaves Hungary P12 in the Drivers’ Championship, with Callum P14. Sauber Junior Team by Charouz occupies P8 in the Teams’ Championship with four events remaining.

Antonin Charouz, Charouz Racing System owner, said: “Both our rookie drivers made solid progress in Budapest – especially in their understanding of the F2 tyre characteristics. We will work hard over the summer break to analyse the data and come back stronger at Spa.”

Bob Vavrik, Team Principal, said: “This is a standard rookie weekend in terms of results, but I’ve seen big improvements from both drivers. Callum managed the tyres well through the whole race and it worked out well for him. JM was slightly further back but he did fight well throughout the race. It’s not the weekend we wanted, but we’ll regroup for Belgium.”

Callum Ilott said: “My start was pretty okay and in the first laps I was trying to keep pace with the Virtuosi cars that were around me and I had a lot of pressure from Zhou. That meant I took a bit out of my tyres, and I was always wary of both him and the tyre degradation. It would have been nice to have a bigger gap over him but I got one overtake done, which was a good opportunistic one. Overall though it was a processional race.”

Juan Manuel Correa said: “It was a race where not much happened. I pushed hard in the beginning to see if I could force a mistake from the others as it was the only chance I had. It didn’t work, and it wasn’t easy out there. My tyres started to drop off after that. We managed to test some changes after yesterday and they seemed to work as we expected. Now we need to use the break to analyse everything and clear our heads before the next race.”

I was trying to keep pace with the Virtuosi cars that were around me and I had a lot of pressure from Zhou

“I was trying to keep pace with the Virtuosi cars that were around me and I had a lot of pressure from Zhou”


Callum Ilott  
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