Cruel end to strong F2 weekend for Sauber Junior Team at Monza


08 September 2019
I thank them for their courage and determination at a time when JM, an integral member of our family, can’t be with us.

“I thank them for their courage and determination at a time when JM, an integral member of our family, can’t be with us.”


Antonin Charouz  

The Sauber Junior Team suffered a cruel end to its FIA Formula 2 Championship weekend at Monza today, as a near-certain podium slipped through its grasp on the final lap of the Sprint Race.

Ferrari Driver Academy member Callum Ilott was the sole Sauber Junior Team by Charouz entrant at the high-speed Italian venue.

The car of team-mate Juan Manuel Correa, hospitalised and in a critical but stable condition after his accident at Spa-Francorchamps a week earlier, remained in the team’s paddock awning as a silent tribute to the late Anthoine Hubert.

Rookie Callum impressively claimed the Feature Race pole position on Friday afternoon, his and the team’s first in the F2 category, and went on to classify P4 in that race on Saturday afternoon.

That result netted the Briton P5 on the reversed-grid for this morning’s Sprint Race and he quickly fought his way to P2, resolutely keeping the leader within one second of his car throughout the race.

But on the last lap of the 22-lap encounter, a lock-up into the first chicane pitched Callum wide and he brushed the wall, sustaining a puncture.

He valiantly returned his damage car to the pits and was classified P12.

Antonin Charouz, Charouz Racing System owner, said: “It’s disappointing to conclude such a strong weekend in the way we have today. I think we deserved at least a podium. The response from everyone within the team has been first-class this weekend and I thank them for their courage and determination at a time when JM, an integral member of our family, can’t be with us.”

Bob Vavrik, Team Principal, said: “We all worked really hard for the result and it’s such a shame to lose it at the end due to a mistake. We not only lost the podium but a lot of points as well. Everyone in the team can nonetheless be proud of the job they’ve done all weekend in difficult circumstances. They’ve been dedicated, extremely motivated, and gave their all. We missed the podium today, but that’s racing.”

Callum Ilott said: “The tyres were really fragile at the end and one bar of brake pressure was the difference. I wasn’t even going for a move for the lead, I was just showing I was there, and I locked up. A few other drivers had done the same thing. It just shows how easy it is to make a mistake. It’s a bitter end to a really good race. We were at least able to show strong pace all weekend but unfortunately we didn’t get the results we deserved in the end.”

The penultimate round of the FIA Formula 2 Championship will take place at Sochi Autodrom, Russia from on 27-29 September.

I thank them for their courage and determination at a time when JM, an integral member of our family, can’t be with us.

“I thank them for their courage and determination at a time when JM, an integral member of our family, can’t be with us.”


Antonin Charouz  
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