F2 double-header awaits Sauber Junior Team drivers


28 August 2019
It was nice to switch off for a while, but soon I was looking forward to getting back to action!

“It was nice to switch off for a while, but soon I was looking forward to getting back to action! ”


Juan Manuel Correa  

The Sauber Junior Team will be back in FIA Formula 2 Championship action across the next two weekends as Belgium and Italy host back-to-back events.

The driver development squad is a collaboration between Sauber Motorsport, the organisation that runs the Alfa Romeo Racing entry in Formula 1, and Charouz Racing System.

With the four-week summer break now at an end, Sauber Junior Team by Charouz rookie drivers Callum Ilott and Juan Manuel Correa are ready to face the next two tracks on the F2 calendar: Spa-Francorchamps (August 30 – September 1) and Monza (September 6 – 8).

The undulating 7.004km Spa-Francorchamps circuit is known for its medium- and high-speed corners while the 5.793km Autodromo Nazionale Monza features just seven corner sections, with the circuit placing a strong emphasis on straight-line speed and braking prowess.

Ferrari Driver Academy member Callum and JM, both Formula 2 podium finishers, have raced at Spa-Francorchamps and Monza in other racing categories. But both are eager to tackle the tracks aboard the F2/19 machine.

Two races will take place each weekend in Belgium and Italy, with a qualifying session setting the grid for Saturday’s Feature Race. The result of of this encounter will determine the starting line-up for Sunday’s Sprint Race.

JM will arrive in Belgium fresh from his first test in an F1 car. As part of his development programme, the Alfa Romeo Racing Development Driver took the wheel of the F1 squad’s 2013-spec C32 at Paul Ricard Circuit in France last Saturday (24 August).

Antonin Charouz, Charouz Racing System owner, said: “We have been able to use the summer break to analyse our performances so far this season and we’re hopeful we will find some gains at the next events. Callum and JM have done well throughout their rookie campaign so far and we’re hoping the trend continues during the final four events.”

Bob Vavrik, Team Principal, said: “Everyone in the team has taken some time off during the break but our focus and determination for the races remains as strong as ever. Both cars have been completely rebuilt and we want a big push between now and the end of the season. Spa and Monza are fantastic circuits and I think they will suit Callum and JM well.”

Callum Ilott said: “We’re two-thirds of the way through the season and it’s cool to be going to the fastest tracks of the year. At Spa there’s quite a bit of tyre degradation, and Monza is obviously the home of Ferrari and has a great atmosphere. It’ll be good to get back in the car after a little bit of a break. We’ll try and continue the positive momentum and grab a good result.”

Juan Manuel Correa said: “I’ve had a good break since Hungary, going to see my family in Ecuador for the first time this year. It was nice to switch off for a while, but soon I was looking forward to getting back to action! Spa and Monza are two of my favourite tracks of the year. I’m excited because I know both circuits quite well because of GP3. It’ll be a good chance to start our point-scoring streak again and we’ll see what they hold for us.

It was nice to switch off for a while, but soon I was looking forward to getting back to action!

“It was nice to switch off for a while, but soon I was looking forward to getting back to action! ”


Juan Manuel Correa  
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