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Sauber Junior Team

Drivers have the chance to potentially progress all the way from Formula 4 to the verge of F1 with a single team.

“Drivers have the chance to potentially progress all the way from Formula 4 to the verge of F1 with a single team.”


Bob Vavrik

The Sauber Junior Team ladder of progression begins with the FIA’s Formula 4 category – a hugely important proving ground for young drivers.

Our quartet of F4 drivers run under the watchful eye of the engineers at US – CHRS in 2019, a squad that guided one of our F3 drivers, Lirim Zendeli, to the ADAC F4 Championship title in 2018.

With a race-winning team infrastructure already in place, we have created the perfect environment in which our development drivers can flourish as they tackle a programme of races in both Germany and Italy.


Antonin CharouzAntonin CharouzTeam owner
Bob VavrikBob VavrikManaging Director
Ralf SchumacherRalf SchumacherCo-Owner US Racing
Gerhard UngarGerhard UngarCo-Owner US Racing

The Czech starlet is the youngest driver to earn a place in the Sauber Junior Team programme – aged just 15.
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RomanStaněk

Highly-rated Czech National Team driver Roman will start a new chapter in his career in 2019 by making the leap from karts to single-seater competition.

The youngster has progressed through the European kart racing ranks and arrives in the Formula 4 category with an impressive reputation. He’s ready to show his mettle in both the German and Italian series.

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Alessandro won the South East Asia Formula 4 title after taking 21 podiums from 24 race starts.
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AlessandroGhiretti

The highly-rated Frenchman joins the Sauber Junior Team programme with a regional Formula 4 title to his name.

He was the standout driver in the 2018 South East Asia Formula 4 Championship and has also tasted Formula 3 machinery during the European off season, finishing on the podium in his maiden Asian F3 Winter Series race.

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The Frenchman’s racing successes were rewarded in 2018 as he was inducted into the FFSA Driver Academy programme.
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ThéoPourchaire

The 15-year-old joins the Sauber Junior Team programme with an exemplary record in karting as a Formula 4 rookie in 2018.

With three French national karting titles to his name, he then finished P3 in the OK-J World Championship and became a winner in the CIK-FIA OK European Championship in 2017. A successful move into the French F4 series followed in 2018 as he won the Junior title and finished P3 overall.

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Younger brother of Scuderia Ferrari F1 driver Charles Leclerc, Arthur claimed two French F4 wins in 2018.
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ArthurLeclerc

The Monégasque rising star graduates to the Sauber Junior Team in 2019 ready to accelerate his career to the next level.

After winning the Kart Racing Academy Championship at the age of 14, the youngster joined the FFSA Academy in 2018 for a productive first season of car racing in French F4. He finished the series P5 after two wins and eight podiums.

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