Sauber Junior Team win more F2 points in Spain

11 May 2019
We will keep our heads up and continue working for tomorrow

“We will keep our heads up and continue working for tomorrow”

Juan Manuel Correa  

The Sauber Junior Team added to its FIA Formula 2 Championship points tally during the closely-fought Feature Race at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on Saturday.

Sauber Junior Team was launched for 2019 by Sauber Motorsport – the organisation that runs Alfa Romeo Racing in F1 – and is a joint driver development programme that is being delivered in collaboration with Charouz Racing System.

Following on from Sauber Junior Team by Charouz’s maiden Formula 2 podium in Azerbaijan last month, Ferrari Driver Academy member Callum Ilott impressed as he collected P8 and four points in Saturday’s 37-lap race.

The Briton was in the thick of the front-running action and held P6 for much of the race on the 4.65km circuit, only to lose two spots on the final lap to rivals on the alternative tyre strategy.

Nonetheless, his first points finish of the season means he will take up pole position for Sunday’s Sprint Race.

Alfa Romeo F1 development driver Juan Manuel Correa had a challenging opening race in Spain as a formation lap stall was followed by a rear brake issue that required an unscheduled and lengthy pit stop.

The American returned to the track but received contact from another driver, resulting in his eventual retirement from the race.

Antonin Charouz, Charouz Racing System team owner, said: “Today’s race gave us some more championship points and it was great to see Callum challenging at the front after a tough couple of events before we arrived in Spain. We all know how important pole position can be in the Sprint Race so we’re determined to maximise our opportunity tomorrow.”

Bob Vavrik, Team Manager, said: “Callum had a good race to score his first points of the season and it’s great that he has the pole position, even if he was unlucky to lose some positions at the end. Everything happened to Juan Manuel – the stall, the brake issue, then the accident. Three things against him in one race is very unlucky.”

Callum Ilott said: “It was a difficult race. I didn’t get the best of starts but made the positions back by running around the outside of Turn 1. We struggled more than expected on tyres early on and then I got stuck behind Matsushita, so that hurt the tyres even more. In reality, we probably should have been battling for P5 and P6, but it’s still a good result. I’m excited to start from pole tomorrow.”

Juan Manuel Correa said: “We started off on the wrong foot with the stall, but after that I did a good couple of laps to catch up with the group and passed a few people. The pace we had was pretty decent, and the people around me went on to finish in the points. But then we had a brake issue – which is a shame. We will keep our heads up and continue working for tomorrow.”

We will keep our heads up and continue working for tomorrow

“We will keep our heads up and continue working for tomorrow”

Juan Manuel Correa  

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