Sauber Junior Team keen to maintain F2 form in Spain


07 May 2019
I think it’s important to carry the momentum and the good vibes after Baku.

“I think it’s important to carry the momentum and the good vibes after Baku.”


Juan Manuel Correa  

The Sauber Junior Team will be looking to continue its good form in the FIA Formula 2 Championship when it races in the traditional European curtain-raiser in Spain this weekend.

The driver development squad – a partnership between Sauber Motorsport which runs F1 team Alfa Romeo Racing, and multi-title winning squad Charouz Racing System – heads into the third event of 2019 buoyed by an encouraging display in Azerbaijan last month.

Sauber Junior Team by Charouz picked up its maiden points and podium finish at the Baku City Circuit and holds P7 in the Teams’ Championship heading to the Spanish Grand Prix weekend.

Alfa Romeo Racing F1 development driver Juan Manuel Correa and Ferrari Driver Academy member Callum Ilott head to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya confident of a positive result.

Both drivers have vast experience at the 4.65km circuit, having scored strong results during their respective GP3 campaigns in 2018, and taken part in a Formula 2 pre-season test there recently.

Sauber Junior Team by Charouz will also be joined by its sister FIA Formula 3 Championship team in Spain, with the tertiary championship hosting its opening round alongside the FIA Formula 2 contingent.

A 45-minute F2 practice session on Friday will be followed by a 30-minute qualifying session that will determine the grid for Saturday’s 37-lap F2 Feature Race. Sunday’s 26-lap F2 Sprint Race will bring the action to a close.

Antonin Charouz, Charouz Racing System team owner, said: “There’s been a fantastic atmosphere in the team since our podium success in Baku and we want to carry that positivity to Barcelona this weekend. It’s a track that we know well and that should give us confidence, particularly with two rookie drivers on the grid.”

Bob Vavrik, Team Principal, said: “Our points and P2 finish in Azerbaijan were a nice boost as we return to Europe. We’re optimistic for the races in Barcelona because our form there during pre-season testing was pretty good. Our race simulation pace was strong and we had a fastest time. We’ll be working to bring that form into the races and to keep improving.”

Juan Manuel Correa said: “Barcelona is a track that I know quite well. I think it’s important to carry the momentum and the good vibes after Baku, but obviously we’re starting from scratch again this weekend. Hopefully we can start at a high level. The main thing we need to focus on is qualifying. If we manage to get to where we belong, which is inside the top eight, the whole weekend will be much easier.”

Callum Ilott said: “We did pre-season testing in Barcelona so the knowledge of the circuit and how the car operates is a lot higher than it was in Bahrain and Baku. At the test, it wasn’t necessarily our strongest track so it will be interesting to see what we can do. I haven’t had the best results at the first two race weekends so I go to Barcelona trying to make amends and kick-start my season properly.”

I think it’s important to carry the momentum and the good vibes after Baku.

“I think it’s important to carry the momentum and the good vibes after Baku.”


Juan Manuel Correa  
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