Sauber Junior Team in the F2 podium mix at Monza


07 September 2019
The guys have done a great job all weekend in challenging and emotional circumstances

“The guys have done a great job all weekend in challenging and emotional circumstances”


Bob Vavrik, Team Principal  

The Sauber Junior Team returned to action in the FIA Formula 2 Championship at Monza today, with Callum Ilott just missing out on a podium finish.

The Ferrari Driver Academy member is the sole entrant for the Sauber Junior Team by Charouz squad at the high-speed Italian venue this weekend, piloting the #11 entry.

The #12 car of team-mate Juan Manuel Correa, hospitalised and in a critical but stable condition after last weekend’s F2 accident at Spa-Francorchamps, remains in the team’s awning as a silent tribute to Anthoine Hubert.

The team resiliently returned to action at Monza and rookie Callum put in a supreme lap during Friday afternoon’s qualifying session to claim his and the team’s maiden Feature Race pole position.

The Briton impressively retained the lead through the opening stages of today’s race and remained in the mix for the podium positions throughout the 30-lap encounter, before eventually taking the chequered flag in P4.

It left Callum with a haul of 16 points from qualifying and the race, while the reversed-grid rule means he will line up from P5 for Sunday morning’s 21-lap Sprint Race which will get underway at 10.50 local time (GMT+2).

Antonin Charouz, Charouz Racing System owner, said: “We’re extremely proud of the job Callum has done in qualifying and during the Feature Race. It’s a tough task racing without JM across the awning but he and the rest of the team have approached the weekend with great maturity and determination. It’s a shame to miss out on the podium but everyone has done a fantastic job in tough conditions.”

Bob Vavrik, Team Principal, said: “It was a strong race for Callum in difficult circumstances and he can be proud of the effort he put in. His pole position lap was superb yesterday and he was unlucky to miss the podium. The guys have done a great job all weekend in challenging and emotional circumstances, and we’ll go again tomorrow to try and pick up another good result.”

Callum Ilott said:“It’s decent points, but it’s also a big shame as we all really wanted a podium. My start was probably the best I have done all season, so that was really pleasing and the pace overall was not too bad. I think trying to keep up with the other guys, maybe they were a little bit too quick for us, and it killed the tyres. We’re not sure if it was down to tyre deg or if the slow puncture I had affected it but we are currently investigating it. It’s my best Feature Race result so far, but it’s definitely mixed emotions as I really wanted that podium. I’m starting P5 tomorrow and it could be wet so we’ll see what we can do.”

The guys have done a great job all weekend in challenging and emotional circumstances

“The guys have done a great job all weekend in challenging and emotional circumstances”


Bob Vavrik, Team Principal  
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