Sauber Junior Team ready to roll the dice on the streets of Monaco


20 May 2019
Qualifying will be very important so we need to use free practice to build up our pace and maximise everything we can for when it matters

“Qualifying will be very important so we need to use free practice to build up our pace and maximise everything we can for when it matters”


Juan Manuel Correa  

The Sauber Junior Team will head to one of the world’s most iconic racing locations this weekend as the fourth round of the FIA Formula 2 Championship gets underway in Monaco.

The streets of the Mediterranean principality make for one of the trickiest tests of the season, but the Sauber Junior Team by Charouz drivers will go into battle in optimistic mood after scoring encouraging results recently.

The driver development squad, a collaboration between Sauber Motorsport and Charouz Racing System, currently hold P5 in the Formula 2 Teams’ Championship after its rookie drivers achieved podium finishes in the Sprint races in Azerbaijan and Spain.

For Alfa Romeo Racing F1 Development Driver Juan Manuel Correa and Ferrari Driver Academy member Callum Ilott, this weekend’s event will mark the first time they have raced on the challenging 3.33km Monaco circuit.

Given the tight and twisty configuration of the track, overtaking is supremely difficult. That means Thursday’s quick-fire qualifying session will take on a new level of importance for the team’s ambitious drivers as they try to secure a starting slot close to the front of the grid for Friday’s Feature Race.

Antonin Charouz, Charouz Racing System team owner, said: “Charouz Racing System finished P1 and P2 in the Monaco Sprint Race last year and that’s a target we’ll have again in 2019. Everyone in the factory is confident after scoring podiums in consecutive events and we go to Monaco without any nerves. The aim is to perform at our best and push for points.”

Bob Vavrik, Team Principal, said: “This will be a new track for both our drivers and there will be lots of others that have raced there before. But our guys developed well, were fast and showed lots of potential in Baku which was also a new street circuit for them. Our approach will be geared around having a strong qualifying. We’re all aware that where you start is likely to be where you finish in Monaco.”

Callum Ilott said: “I’ve been to Monaco before but I’ve never driven there. After taking the podium in Spain and making my F1 test debut last week, I  head there with some good momentum. Charouz had a strong weekend last year at the circuit so we know there’s a lot of potential in the car and I think we can do a very good job there. If we can stay clear of trouble, there’s no reason why we can’t compete at the front.”

Juan Manuel Correa said: “It will be my first time in Monaco, so it’ll be a similar approach for me to what I did for Baku – take it one step at a time. Qualifying will be very important so we need to use free practice to build up our pace and maximise everything we can for when it matters. Monaco looks like an amazing event. It’s an iconic location, so I think it will be good fun.”

Qualifying will be very important so we need to use free practice to build up our pace and maximise everything we can for when it matters

“Qualifying will be very important so we need to use free practice to build up our pace and maximise everything we can for when it matters”


Juan Manuel Correa  
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