Sauber Junior Team scores F2 points and pole at Silverstone


13 July 2019
The pace was quite good and I think overall we did a decent job.

“The pace was quite good and I think overall we did a decent job.”


Callum Ilott  

The Sauber Junior Team enjoyed another points-winning outing in the FIA Formula 2 Championship Feature Race at Silverstone on Saturday – and secured a coveted pole position for Sunday’s Sprint Race.

The Czech-based squad entered the second half of the season eager to build on a promising first six rounds, which yielded regular points and three podium finishes.

For Callum Ilott, Silverstone represented a home fixture and the Briton fought for the points-paying positions throughout the 29-lap Feature Race.

Having qualified P6, the Ferrari Driver Academy member was unlucky to relinquish hard-fought places during the pit stop phase and he finished P8. The result netted him four championship points and places him in pole position for Sunday’s Sprint Race.

Alfa Romeo F1 Development Driver Juan Manuel Correa had a more challenging encounter as contact during the first lap slowed his car, while a further delay in the pit stop hampered his attack. The American crossed the line in P13 – the position he will take up on Sunday’s grid.

Antonin Charouz, Charouz Racing System owner, said: “There was potential for our rookies to take more from today’s race, but we were not helped by a few elements that went against us. We learn from this and look forward. Callum is now well placed for tomorrow and together we will work hard to maximise the opportunity.”

Bob Vavrik, Team Principal, said: “Callum raced very well in front of his home crowd. It was a nice job. He controlled the pace nicely at the end when the tyres dropped off a little, and it’s great to get pole position for Sunday. JM had a more tricky race. We had a front jack issue during the pit stop, and the car was also less than perfect after the contact.”

Callum Ilott said: “The pace was quite good and I think overall we did a decent job – effectively maintaining our position. Unfortunately we lost out a bit because of our position in the pit lane. We were after ART and Carlin – the two teams we were battling in the race – and we had to wait for them to pass to avoid getting an unsafe release. But that’s part of the game and we’ve got a good position for tomorrow’s race.”

Juan Manuel Correa said: “It’s not the result we wanted and it was a difficult race. I had a bad start and then had contact on the first lap with Mick Schumacher. After that, I felt there was an issue with the front wing and I dropped off like a stone. Then we had a problem in the pits, but we weren’t in a position to fight for points anyway. Now we need to re-group, understand what went wrong and go again.”

The pace was quite good and I think overall we did a decent job.

“The pace was quite good and I think overall we did a decent job.”


Callum Ilott  
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