Sauber Junior Team make progress in Monaco F2 Sprint Race


25 May 2019
I can’t leave here satisfied at missing out on points but I can leave here with a good taste in my mouth

“I can’t leave here satisfied at missing out on points but I can leave here with a good taste in my mouth”


Juan Manuel Correa  

The Sauber Junior Team ended a challenging weekend in Monaco on a positive note with progress in Saturday’s FIA Formula 2 Championship Sprint Race.

Sauber Junior Team by Charouz, a partnership between Sauber Motorsport and leading single-seater outfit Charouz Racing System, entered the weekend in a positive frame of mind.

That was maintained through qualifying as Ferrari Driver Academy member Callum Ilott secured a front-row spot on the grid for Friday’s Feature Race.

But an electrical issue prevented the Briton from racing, with the team’s prospects sadly compounded further when team-mate Juan Manuel Correa retired in the closing stages of the chaotic 41-lap race.

That left Juan Manuel P16 on the grid for Saturday’s Sprint Race, with Callum lining up P19.

In a processional encounter around the tight and twisty streets of the Principality, Juan Manuel and Callum kept out of trouble to gain more experience with the F2/19 package.

The American battled his way forward to come home in P12 while Callum followed in P14.

Antonin Charouz, Charouz Racing System team owner, said: “It’s disappointing that we couldn’t turn our pace into the strong results that it warranted across the weekend but this is a very unforgiving track. I think both of our rookie drivers learned a lot this weekend and that will undoubtedly benefit them as the season progresses.”

Bob Vavrik, Team Principal, said: “Today’s race was always going to be tough for JM and Callum from their grid positions but they fought hard and drove cleanly. The results aren’t what we wanted but we showed good pace throughout. Now we need to analyse where we can improve for the next races and continue our push.”

Callum Ilott said: “There’s nothing you can really do from P19. I concentrated on driving quickly and cleanly. I think I was maybe fastest for a time, so the pace was not bad when I got clear air. But not doing any laps yesterday hurt me at the start. Once I got into a rhythm it was fine and I was able to get some useful experience on what is a very unique circuit.”

Juan Manuel Correa said: “It was a good race. I had a really bad start again and was shuffled to dead last. But to come from there to P12 in Monaco is pretty decent and I had a lot of fun doing some overtakes on a track where that’s really hard! I can’t leave here satisfied at missing out on points but I can leave here with a good taste in my mouth.”

Sauber Junior Team by Charouz will return to action at the fifth round of the FIA Formula 2 Championship at Circuit Paul Ricard, France on 21-23 June.

I can’t leave here satisfied at missing out on points but I can leave here with a good taste in my mouth

“I can’t leave here satisfied at missing out on points but I can leave here with a good taste in my mouth”


Juan Manuel Correa  
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