Sauber Junior Team on the F2 podium again in Spain


12 May 2019
It’s a first podium for me in the championship and I’m really happy with the direction we’re heading in. It’s going well.

“It’s a first podium for me in the championship and I’m really happy with the direction we’re heading in. It’s going well.”


Callum Ilott  

The Sauber Junior Team claimed its second FIA Formula 2 Championship podium finish in as many events during the Sprint Race at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya today.

The driver development squad, a collaboration between Alfa Romeo Racing F1 operators Sauber Motorsport and Charouz Racing System, scored its maiden F2 podium last month in Azerbaijan when Juan Manuel Correa finished P2 in the Sprint Race.

In Spain earlier today, it was Ferrari Driver Academy member Callum Ilott’s turn to climb on to the podium and celebrate in front of the Spanish Grand Prix crowds.

The Briton started from pole position after finishing P8 in a frantic finish to Saturday’s Feature Race, and he was in the thick of the action through a fierce opening few corners.

The F2 rookie dropped back to P3 but regrouped and expertly passed Anthoine Hubert to reclaim P2, a position he retained until the final lap, when he was overhauled by the fast-charging Luca Ghiotto.

Callum nonetheless completed the 26-lap race in P3 to collect his first trophy in the championship and add another 10 points to the four he claimed on Saturday.

Juan Manuel started from P19 after a hat-trick of misfortune derailed his Feature Race, and with passing chances limited in Spain, he battled gamely throughout today’s Sprint Race.

The American took P15 at the chequered flag as he continued to rack up further rookie experience in Formula 1’s feeder series.

Antonin Charouz, Charouz Racing System owner, said: “I’m delighted that we’ve been able to deliver our second podium in as many events and that all the potential we have shown during every on-track session has been rewarded. Having both of our rookie drivers on the podium so early in the season bodes very well for the rest of the year.”

Bob Vavrik, Team Principal, said: “It’s fantastic for the whole team to have another podium after just three rounds of the season. Callum was unfortunate to miss out on a higher position today but this is still a positive result for him. Juan Manuel has already shown his potential and this weekend was merely a difficult one with a few factors out of his control.”

Callum Ilott said: “I didn’t get the best of starts but I was still up in the mix. I managed to get past Anthoine and tried to manage the pace – but then I heard Luca was coming, and he was so quick yesterday! I pushed on but in the last two laps my tyres started to fade and I couldn’t hold him behind. Nonetheless, it’s a first podium for me in the championship and I’m really happy with the direction we’re heading in. It’s going well.”

Juan Manuel Correa said: “It was a very tough race. When there’s no difference in strategies, if you want to go forward, you really need a major pace advantage and we didn’t have that. We were comfortably staying with the rest of the pack but we just weren’t faster. We’ll have to analyse how we can improve that, especially the tyre management and race pace. All I can do is learn from it, reset, and we go again in Monaco.”

It’s a first podium for me in the championship and I’m really happy with the direction we’re heading in. It’s going well.

“It’s a first podium for me in the championship and I’m really happy with the direction we’re heading in. It’s going well.”


Callum Ilott  
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