Sauber Junior Team completes sombre Spa weekend

01 September 2019
It’s been a tough weekend for everyone in the team

“It’s been a tough weekend for everyone in the team”

Antonin Charouz  

Sauber Junior Team by Charouz returned to FIA Formula 3 Championship action at a sombre Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium on Sunday morning.

The second race of the weekend got underway the morning after the motorsport community was rocked by an accident at Spa that claimed the life of FIA Formula 2 Championship driver Anthoine Hubert.

A minute’s silence was held prior to today’s race, in memory of the popular Frenchman, with members from the Formula 1, Formula 2 and Formula 3 community paying tribute.

Also involved in the accident was Sauber Junior Team member Juan Manuel Correa. The American remains in a stable condition at Liege Hospital, having sustained fractures to both legs and a minor spinal injury.

JM’s friends and team-mates in Formula 3 – Lirim Zendeli, Fabio Scherer and Raoul Hyman – donned their helmets and returned to action for the 17-lap encounter.

All three drivers battled competitively in the midfield group, with Fabio greeting the chequered flag in P18, a gain of nine positions on his grid slot.

Unfortunately, Lirim and Raoul made contact during the closing stages of the race and were forced to retire early.

The Sauber Junior Team by Charouz squad will return to racing action at Monza in Italy next weekend (6-8 September).

Antonin Charouz, Charouz Racing System owner, said: “It’s been a tough weekend for everyone in the team after the tragedy that unfolded during yesterday’s F2 race. We all know the risks associated with motorsport but when something serious happens, and it directly involves your team, it’s a big shock. Our thoughts are with all the people affected by yesterday’s accident.”

Jamie Dye, Team Manager, said: “It’s obviously a sombre weekend after the tragic events of yesterday and we raced on with a heavy heart this morning. Fabio did well to gain nine spots while unfortunately Lirim and Raoul had an avoidable clash. It shouldn’t happen between team-mates.”

Lirim Zendeli said: “I was trying to stay out of trouble during the race, and had to push in the middle sector as we had a lack of straight-line speed, but sadly I was still getting passed by the cars around me. It wasn’t a great race and the contact right at the end with Raoul was unfortunate.”

Fabio Scherer said: “It was good to make up nine positions and we made some progress with the car this weekend, but ultimately it was lacking in terms of speed and balance ­– something reflected in the results. It’s a shame and we have some work to do now before we get to Monza.”

Raoul Hyman said: “I made a good start, and it felt better than yesterday in terms of pace. But with a few laps to go I caught up with Lirim, and one of the Carlins which had slowed. We went three-wide, and unfortunately made contact. It’s a shame. You never want to make contact, especially not with a team-mate.”

It’s been a tough weekend for everyone in the team

“It’s been a tough weekend for everyone in the team”

Antonin Charouz  

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