More F2 points for Sauber Junior Team in Sochi


28 September 2019
I locked up heavily into Turn 13, which not only cost me time but left me with a flat-spot

“I locked up heavily into Turn 13, which not only cost me time but left me with a flat-spot”


Callum Ilott  

Sauber Junior Team by Charouz claimed FIA Formula 2 Championship points for the fourth consecutive event after a strong performance during the Feature Race at Sochi on Saturday.

Ferrari Driver Academy member Callum Ilott and SMP Racing programme driver Matevos Isaakyan fought hard throughout the 28-lap race, with Callum collecting another top 10 finish.

An outstanding lap during Friday’s qualifying session handed Callum P3 on the grid for the opening encounter at the F1-supporting event, and he maintained his position on a frenetic opening lap.

The Briton ran the option/prime tyre strategy and emerged comfortably in contention for points, though a small setback during the second half of the race left him battling a flat spot and degrading tyres to the end. He completed the distance in P9, scoring two points.

For home favourite Matevos, the race marked his debut in the FIA Formula 2 Championship, and he lined up P17 on the starting grid.

The 21-year-old Russian put in a resolute display as he continued to adapt to the F2/19 package and reached the chequered flag in P18.

Callum and Matevos will be in action again during Sunday’s Sprint Race, which is scheduled for 1120 local time (GMT+3).

Meanwhile, the entire Sauber Junior Team by Charouz family continues to hold colleague Juan Manuel Correa in their thoughts, as he prepares to undergo surgery in London tomorrow.

Antonin Charouz, Charouz Racing System owner, said: “This is the eighth event we have scored points this season so we have to be pleased with our progress. There are areas where we can improve and we know that. I’m pleased that Matevos was able to make a positive start with us after coming into the team late and having very little preparation. He can be proud of the start he has made to his home race weekend.”

Bob Vavrik, Team Principal, said: “It’s satisfying to get more points as we’re still in a fight for P6 in the Teams’ Championship. It was nice to be third on the grid and Callum made a good start. Everyone on the same strategy had the same issue with tyres so P9 at the end is okay. It’s a slight shame to miss out on reverse-grid pole, but that’s how it is. Matevos can be pleased to have learned so quickly and reached the chequered flag on his first start in the championship. He did a solid job.”

Callum Ilott said: “We didn’t have the pace in the first stint but it started coming back towards me at the end and I was a lot quicker than everyone around me on the same strategy. After we boxed, we went back out in good shape, with good management. I don’t know if it was oil from Schumacher’s car but I locked up heavily into Turn 13, which not only cost me time but left me with a flat-spot that I had to manage until the end of the race. We should have ended up P6 without that happening, but that’s the way it is sometimes. It felt like a good race up until that point.”

Matevos Isaakyan said: “The main thing for me was the brakes. I had to adjust to them and it was tricky. I was catching the guys in front when I locked up the front-left, which hurt the tyres. I managed to keep going but it was very hard as they were flat-spotted. Nonetheless, it was good to reach the finish and to gain the experience. Overall I feel much more confident now and we have things that we can sort. We had speed at some stages and I’m sure we’ll have a much better race tomorrow.”

I locked up heavily into Turn 13, which not only cost me time but left me with a flat-spot

“I locked up heavily into Turn 13, which not only cost me time but left me with a flat-spot”


Callum Ilott  
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