Sauber Junior Team completes on-track F2 preparations in Barcelona


07 March 2019
I'm pretty sure our race pace is where it needs to be already, which is really positive.

“I'm pretty sure our race pace is where it needs to be already, which is really positive.”


Juan Manuel Correa  

The Sauber Junior Team wrapped up its FIA Formula 2 Championship pre-season testing programme today by successfully completing three days of running at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain.

Sauber Motorsport, which runs the Alfa Romeo Racing entry in Formula 1, has partnered with Charouz Racing System to field development drivers in each of the FIA’s single-seater categories during 2019, including F2.

The Sauber Junior Team by Charouz F2 squad, which performed positively during the opening test of the new season at Jerez last week, took to the 4.65km Barcelona track between Tuesday and Thursday to continue its preparations ahead of the season-opening F2 races that support the Bahrain Grand Prix (29-31 March).

Ferrari Driver Academy member Callum Ilott and American Juan Manuel Correa, both rookies in the F2 category, completed 405 laps and recorded 1883 kilometres of running.

The team was given a precious boost during Thursday afternoon when Juan Manuel set the fastest time of the last session.

The team’s on-track totals across two positive tests at Jerez and Barcelona stand at an impressive 885 laps and 4004 kilometres.

With their exhaustive pre-season testing programme complete, the Sauber Junior Team by Charouz drivers and engineers will now complete their final preparations ahead of the 12-round F2 season that starts in Bahrain and ends in Abu Dhabi at the end of November.

Antonin Charouz, Charouz Racing System team owner, said: “Everyone in the team has worked hard during both of the F2 tests and we believe we have a good base for the first race weekend. It’s particularly nice to leave the final test with one of our cars at the top of the time sheets. Now we have a week to rebuild both of the cars and analyse everything before we race for real.”

Bob Vavrik, Charouz Racing System Team Manager, said: “It’s been a pretty good test and it’s clear we have shown we are very fast on the race simulations. We know we need to work a little more on our qualifying pace but we’re ready and happy to do that. It’s been nice to see both of our rookie drivers working hard and using a professional approach. They know they have to improve in some areas but that’s normal and we’ll support them every step of the way.”

Callum Ilott said: “We had some small issues this week but I know it’s good to get those out the way in the test rather than at the first race. Barcelona was quite different to Jerez in terms of how the track worked the tyres and required a different approach. It was good to get a handle on that and continue the learning. Overall, I’m happy with where I am and the potential we have. Now we go away, digest everything and continue to work hard to ensure everything is perfect for Bahrain.”

Juan Manuel Correa said: “I’m pretty sure our race pace is where it needs to be already, which is really positive. Our quali pace is a bit more of a question mark for me but I’m optimistic that will be stronger in the warmer Bahrain weather. It’s great to complete two tough F2 tests. It’s been a steep learning curve but I’m happy with the work I’ve done and the progress that’s been made. Setting the fastest time in the final session is a nice feeling and gives you a decent boost as you look ahead to the first race weekend.”

I'm pretty sure our race pace is where it needs to be already, which is really positive.

“I'm pretty sure our race pace is where it needs to be already, which is really positive.”


Juan Manuel Correa  
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