Sauber Junior Team takes fourth F2 podium of 2019


29 September 2019
After the race yesterday where it was tricky towards the end, it's good to come back with a strong result today.

“After the race yesterday where it was tricky towards the end, it's good to come back with a strong result today. ”


Callum Ilott  

The Sauber Junior Team raced to its fourth podium of the 2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship season during the Sprint Race at Sochi Autodrom in Russia on Sunday.

Ferrari Driver Academy member Callum Ilott and SMP Racing programme driver Matevos Isaakyan both worked their way forwards from P9 and P18 on the grid respectively.

During a frantic opening lap on the 5.84km track, Callum gained places to put himself firmly in contention for victory, competing in the lead train throughout the shortened 15-lap race.

The British F2 rookie crossed the line in P3 to record his second podium finish of the campaign, and the fourth of the year for his driver development team.

Matevos meanwhile, built on the experience he gained during Saturday’s Feature Race as he made up five places on his start position to complete his home round in P13.

Sauber Junior Team by Charouz leaves Russia P7 in the Teams’ Championship, with just one round of the season remaining in Abu Dhabi (29 November – 1 December).

Although it was contesting the Sprint Race today, the team had F2 colleague Juan Manuel Correa, firmly in its thoughts as he undergoes surgery in a London hospital.

Antonin Charouz, Charouz Racing System owner, said: “Every race weekend is about starting as fast and you can and making an improvement across all the sessions. Both Callum and Matevos have done that in Russia so we are pleased. A podium is another illustration of the progress our development drivers have made this season in what is a super-competitive racing category.”

Bob Vavrik, Team Principal, said: “We can be pleased with our return to the podium places. Callum made a good start and managed the entire race really well, particularly his tyres. A top-three finish is a suitable reward for his and the team’s efforts this weekend. Matevos continued to gain valuable experience and he can be pleased with the improvements he has made since he started his first F2 race weekend.”

Callum Ilott said: “I struggled a bit in the last sector today but overall I’m really happy with the podium. I think after the race yesterday where it was tricky towards the end, it’s good to come back with a strong result today. We keep evolving the car throughout the weekend and by the Sprint Race we generally have a car that I’m happy with. We nailed it in quali and I managed to get it into a window that I like, but the races have always been more difficult. When you’re a rookie, you’re thrown in to try and understand the tyres and the car. But I’ve definitely made good progress and this weekend’s podium shows that.”

Matevos Isaakyan said: “It was a much better race than yesterday. Unfortunately, I got blocked hard on the first lap, but I still got up into the top 10. At the restart it was tough, I tried to overtake a few guys as fast as I could, but on cold tyres and cold brakes I struggled, and got passed. In the end, I started to push a lot and the times at the end were all just a few tenths off the leaders, which is pretty good. I’m optimistic, I learned a lot, and I’m sure we can do better in Abu Dhabi.”

After the race yesterday where it was tricky towards the end, it's good to come back with a strong result today.

“After the race yesterday where it was tricky towards the end, it's good to come back with a strong result today. ”


Callum Ilott  
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