More F2 points for Sauber Junior Team in France


22 June 2019
It was fantastic to see both of our cars being driven so competitively today and really pushing for the top places

“It was fantastic to see both of our cars being driven so competitively today and really pushing for the top places”


Antonin Charouz  

The Sauber Junior Team added to its FIA Formula 2 Championship points tally after putting on a competitive display during the Feature Race at Paul Ricard in France today (Saturday).

The driver development squad is a collaboration between Sauber Motorsport and Charouz Racing System. Ferrari Driver Academy member Callum Ilott and Alfa Romeo F1 Development Driver Juan Manuel Correa represent the team in the F2 category.

Both drivers arrived at the home of the French Grand Prix in a positive frame of mind after showing impressive speed at recent events.

Juan Manuel started the 30-lap Feature Race from P12 on the alternative tyre strategy and ran for much of the race in P2 before dropping back after he had to complete his mandatory pit stop for fresh rubber. He completed the race in P7 to earn six championship points.

An impressive qualifying session on Friday placed Callum P5 on the Feature Race grid and he was pushing for the podium positions as the race unfolded, passing erstwhile title leader Nicholas Latifi before hunting down Nobuharu Matsushita.

Callum attempted to overtake his Japanese rival through the tricky Beausset corner but luck wasn’t on the plucky Briton’s side as his car suddenly broke traction mid-corner before spinning. His race was over.

Juan Manuel’s result places him P2 on the reversed-grid for Sunday’s Sprint Race, while Callum is set to start the 21-lap encounter from P15.

Antonin Charouz, team owner, said: “It was fantastic to see both of our cars being driven so competitively today and really pushing for the top places again. I hope this is the beginning of us establishing some strong momentum that we can carry with us during the busy racing programme that lies ahead of us.”

Bob Vavrik, Team Principal, said: “It’s encouraging to put more points on the board during a thrilling race from our side. We put JM on the opposite strategy and he worked it well to move into the top eight, while Callum was in the mix early on but was unfortunate to retire in the incident. Hopefully we can profit from our grid positions during tomorrow’s race.”

Juan Manuel Correa said: “That was definitely a good race. Securing a place inside the top-eight was our aim because of the reversed grid benefits. I think we need to keep working and improving our qualifying pace, but we have good speed in the race. I’m happy. We’ll see what we can do tomorrow, hopefully bring more points, and maybe even a podium.”

Callum Ilott said: “I’m disappointed for me and the team that we weren’t able to deliver the strong result that we were capable of today. I feel a little bit unlucky that a chain of small events happened and I couldn’t deliver points, especially as the pace was fantastic. I was enjoying the push towards the podium places. We know the car is strong so now I need to focus on replicating that same pace tomorrow to bring it home with a positive outcome.”

It was fantastic to see both of our cars being driven so competitively today and really pushing for the top places

“It was fantastic to see both of our cars being driven so competitively today and really pushing for the top places”


Antonin Charouz  
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