Budapest beckons for Sauber Junior Team F2 duo

30 July 2019
I think every year except 2015 I’ve raced something in Budapest!

“I think every year except 2015 I’ve raced something in Budapest!”


Hungary’s capital, Budapest, is the next stop on the FIA Formula 2 Championship calendar for Sauber Junior Team racers Callum Ilott and Juan Manuel Correa this weekend (2 – 4 August).

The two rookie drivers are part of the development scheme founded this year through an alliance between Sauber Motorsport – which runs Alfa Romeo Racing in Formula 1 – and the multi-title winning Charouz Racing System.

Sauber Junior Team has squads on each rung of the FIA’s ladder towards Formula 1, including the top feeder category, Formula 2.

The Hungaroring circuit, located on the outskirts of Budapest, has been hosting motorsport since 1986. It has been a regular fixture on the Formula 2 schedule and last year was the setting for a podium finish for the Charouz team.

The Sauber Junior Team heads to the Hungaroring P7 in the Teams’ Championship, and keen to add further silverware to a season that has so far yielded three podium finishes.

Ferrari Driver Academy protégé Callum and Alfa Romeo F1 Development Driver Juan Manuel have yet to sample the 4.3km circuit in Formula 2, but both have prior knowledge of the venue.

Callum has taken podiums and victories from his spells in FIA Formula 3 and the GP3 Series, while last season Juan Manuel battled his way to a top-five finish in GP3.

The action will start with Friday’s practice and qualifying session, with the 37-lap Feature Race scheduled for 1010 local time on Saturday (GMT +2). Sunday’s 28-lap reversed-grid Sprint Race will start at 1125.

Antonin Charouz, Charouz Racing System owner, said: “We showed strong progression at the last round in Silverstone when our rookie drivers sealed their eighth points finish of the season. The focus now is to keep up the momentum and build on that foundation in Hungary.”

Bob Vavrik, Team Principal, said: “The Hungaroring is a challenging venue that features a lot of track evolution over the weekend, so we need to keep that in mind as we tackle the sessions. Overtaking is not the easiest, which means we have to ensure we secure good grid positions for the main race. The team is working well together and everyone is motivated to take the best possible results.”

Callum Ilott said: “I think every year except 2015 I’ve raced something in Budapest! It’s an interesting circuit, quite challenging and technical. While there are not a lot of places where you can overtake, it is possible if you try. We’ll have softer tyre compounds this weekend so I hope we can apply the lessons that we learned previously and carry on the points momentum. Focusing on that, and the start procedure, should lead us to better results.”

Juan Manuel Correa said: “Silverstone was not great for me, and overall I’ve been a bit inconsistent, points-wise, through the season so far. For now the aim should be to work out how and where we can improve each race, and make sure we’re always moving a step forward and maintaining the momentum. If I see progress I will be happy. I enjoyed my time at the Hungaroring last year in GP3 and it’s a track where qualifying will be key.”

I think every year except 2015 I’ve raced something in Budapest!

“I think every year except 2015 I’ve raced something in Budapest!”

Budapest beckons for Sauber Junior Team F2 duo


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