Austria turns up the heat on Sauber Junior Team F2 duo


29 June 2019
I lost all grip and it never came back. It really dropped off massively

“I lost all grip and it never came back. It really dropped off massively”


callum Ilott  

The Sauber Junior Team’s FIA Formula 2 Championship squad endured a challenging encounter in extremely hot conditions during the Feature Race in Spielberg, Austria today.

Alfa Romeo F1 Development Driver Juan Manuel Correa and Ferrari Driver Academy member Callum Ilott arrived at the Red Bull Ring off the back of an encouraging podium-winning display in France last weekend.

Callum lined up from P10 on the grid while Juan Manuel took the starting lights from P13 in his Sauber Junior Team by Charouz car.

Callum worked his way forwards to challenge for the points but as the track temperature rose to 49°C, excessive tyre wear left the Briton on the back foot, and he classified in P14.

Juan Manuel made gains to finish in P11 as he also fought a battle to get the best performance from his Pirelli rubber.

It means the American will take Sunday’s Sprint Race from P11 while Callum will start from P14.

Antonin Charouz, team owner, said: “The hot conditions put the emphasis on tyre management today, and for our two rookie drivers this was a big challenge. I am confident the experience they gained will benefit them in Sunday’s Sprint Race and beyond.”

Bob Vavrik, team principal, said: “It was initially encouraging to see the drivers make progress but unfortunately we fell into the wrong window with the tyres and in the second half of the race we slipped back. The drivers are rookies so we have to expect occasions like this. We’ll look for a better approach for Sunday’s race and hopefully enjoy a stronger result.”

Juan Manuel Correa said: “It was a tough race, not what we wanted. We didn’t achieve good tyre management with either car, so we need to see how we can improve. Also my strategy was slightly compromised because I was on the same approach as Callum – it’s normal, but that cost me probably five to six seconds. My early battle with Callum was fun but the rest of the race was basically tyre management. We have work to do in order to manage it better tomorrow.”

Callum Ilott said: “The race start was good, the first stint was decent, the pit stop went okay, I came back out and got past a few drivers. Up to that point everything was fine, but with about 15 laps to go I got stuck behind Calderon – on the alternative strategy – and I lost all grip and it never came back. It really dropped off massively. We need to look into it, as it’s a little strange I dropped off so much. I think it’s a combination of many things and I have to look at myself as well. It just wasn’t an ideal race.”

I lost all grip and it never came back. It really dropped off massively

“I lost all grip and it never came back. It really dropped off massively”


callum Ilott  
Partners

Charouz Racing System. The team behind the team. Competing at motorsport’s highest level and helping to develop the driving talent of the future. A professional team that gets results.