Sauber Junior Team extends F2 points run in Hungary


03 August 2019
My start was okay but the two guys behind me got off really well.

“My start was okay but the two guys behind me got off really well. ”


Callum Ilott  

The Sauber Junior Team added another point to its collection during a tough FIA Formula 2 Championship Feature Race in Hungary on Saturday morning.

The squad’s rookie drivers Callum Ilott and Juan Manuel Correa lined up P6 and P11 respectively after battling torrential rain during qualifying.

The circuit dried overnight to ensure slicks could be used for the 37-lap race, but prospects of making gains were thwarted by a subdued getaway off the line for both drivers.

Callum, a race winner in the GP3 Series at the Hungaroring in 2018, dropped a spot to P7, and later battled an oil leak. The Ferrari Driver Academy protégé nonetheless held on to take P10, adding another point to his and Sauber Junior Team by Charouz’s tally.

Juan Manuel had a challenging race, losing a handful of places on the run to Turn 1 and later feeling ill at ease with his tyres. He finished in P14.

Callum will therefore start P10, with Correa P14, for Sunday’s 28-lap Sprint Race, which is scheduled for 11:25 local time (GMT +2).

Antonin Charouz, Charouz Racing System owner, said: “It has been a tough start to the weekend for our rookies who were unable to show their potential on track today. Callum fought hard to take the final point, but after our success at the last round we know both our drivers are capable of more. With the benefit of experience, we look forward to a better run tomorrow.”

Bob Vavrik, Team Principal said: “It was not the result we wanted obviously and we need to look into why we didn’t have better pace. Neither driver made a good start and at a track where it is tough to pass that decided a lot. Callum did well to hold on to one point but we need to look into why JM didn’t have much performance through the whole race. We’ll regroup and go again tomorrow morning, though we know on this track it will be tough.”

Callum Ilott said: “My start was okay but the two guys behind got off really well. I gained back one position, but on the first stint I struggled. My pit stop was good, so thanks to the guys for that, but I had to raise the pace a lot after that. I also lost a lot of time under the Virtual Safety Car to the guys in front. I’m not sure how, but overall I made a few too many little mistakes.”

Juan Manuel Correa said: “Not the best weekend so far. It was a really tough race. I had bad pace at the beginning and that destroyed the race for me. My tyre management was nowhere sadly, and that’s a bit surprising as I thought I was more on top of that.”

My start was okay but the two guys behind me got off really well.

“My start was okay but the two guys behind me got off really well. ”


Callum Ilott  
Sauber Junior Team extends F2 points run in Hungary

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