F2 podium prize for Sauber Junior Team in France


23 June 2019
I had quick cars around me but I think we did a good job and showed the pace was strong.

“I had quick cars around me but I think we did a good job and showed the pace was strong. ”


Callum Ilott  

The Sauber Junior Team made a return to the FIA Formula 2 Championship podium during the Circuit Paul Ricard Sprint Race today, picking up more silverware in its rookie campaign.

Alfa Romeo F1 Development Driver Juan Manuel Correa and Ferrari Driver Academy member Callum Ilott both impressed as they finished P2 and P8 respectively during the 21-lap encounter.

Juan Manuel started from the front-row of the grid in P2 after his stirring recovery from P12 to P7 during Saturday’s Feature Race.

The American suffered wheelspin and fell to P4 when the start lights were extinguished, but he quickly passed title challengers Nicholas Latifi and Jack Aitken to re-claim P2.

A string of fastest laps followed before he completed the race distance in P2 for the second time in 2019, securing a second podium for himself, and a third of the season for the Sauber Junior Team by Charouz squad.

Callum started the Sprint Race from P15 after an unfortunate balance issue pitched him out of the Feature Race while he was battling for strong points.

The Briton made early gains and pulled off a string of passes to move into P8 on the penultimate lap to secure a valuable point.

Juan Manuel leaves France P8 in the Drivers’ Championship, with Callum P14. Sauber Junior Team by Charouz occupies P7 in the Teams’ standings.

The squad and drivers will have little time to recover after their weekend in France, with the sixth round of the season being played out at Spielberg in Austria next weekend (28-30 June).

Antonin Charouz, Charouz Racing System team owner, said: “With three F2 race weekends in four weeks, it’s crucial to find some good momentum as early as possible. I think we performed very well this weekend and I hope the speed we have found stays with us for the next couple of events in Austria and the UK.”

Bob Vavrik, Team Principal, said: “Today’s result is proof of the pace that we’ve been able to show through the last few rounds. JM was unlucky at the start but he showed strong race craft to come back to P2, and we are very happy to take another podium. Callum can also be satisfied with his impressive recovery into P8. To have both cars in the points means we can leave the weekend in a confident mood.”

Juan Manuel Correa said: “The start was where we definitely lost the chance of the race win. I almost stalled, so to even get off the line was really good! I had to fight to come back, and that wasn’t ideal for the tyres. I pushed quite hard but I could see the leader was managing the pace. Overall it was a positive weekend and the car was good. To come away with points and a podium is great.”

Callum Ilott said: “I think I got the most out of today’s race, coming from P15 to P8. I had quick cars around me but I think we did a good job and showed the pace was strong. We did some good moves. It’s a shame about yesterday because we would have been in an even better position, but to get one point out of today’s race was a good effort.”

I had quick cars around me but I think we did a good job and showed the pace was strong.

“I had quick cars around me but I think we did a good job and showed the pace was strong. ”


Callum Ilott  
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