Strong points haul for Sauber Junior Team F2 squad in Britain

14 July 2019
In the end it’s still good points, we know the pace is strong.

“In the end it’s still good points, we know the pace is strong.”

Callum Ilott  

The Sauber Junior Team secured another well-deserved batch of points in the FIA Formula 2 Championship Sprint Race at Silverstone on Sunday.

The squad’s two rookie drivers displayed competitive pace at the fast and flowing British circuit, which has hosted international motorsport for more than 70 years.

Ferrari Driver Academy member Callum Ilott started the 21-lap Sprint Race from pole position after taking P8 during Saturday’s Feature Race. But a slow getaway from the line cost the Briton crucial time.

In a determined fightback, Ilott challenged title leader Nyck de Vries for the final place on the podium before taking the chequered flag in P4 in front of his home fans.

Alfa Romeo F1 Development Driver Juan Manuel Correa also battled hard, making up two positions from his starting spot of P12 to finish in P10.

Correa leaves Silverstone P11 in the Drivers’ Championship, with Ilott P13. Sauber Junior Team by Charouz moves up to P7 in the Teams’ standings.

Hungary’s Hungaroring Circuit will host the next round of the season from 2-4 August.

Antonin Charouz, Charouz Racing System owner, said: “We always want to maximise our opportunities at every race weekend and it is good to see our rookies in the points again in Great Britain. This is the eighth time we have scored points this season and the progress we are continually making will stand us in good stead as the season progresses.”

Bob Vavrik, Team Principal, said: “The team has moved forward this weekend but it is a shame we weren’t able to capitalise on Callum’s pole position. We have to investigate exactly what went wrong because the start dictated the race. JM defended his position well and overall I think we can say it was a positive weekend. It could have been better, of course. We’ll keep that in mind at the next round in Hungary.”

Callum Ilott said: “I don’t know what happened at the start yet. It felt like I would have a good getaway, and the car jumped off the line quite well, but then I got wheelspin. I struggled initially but after that it was alright and I had a lot of pace. Nyck managed to nail the important exits and I couldn’t get any closer – it would have been a risk to try and pass him. In the end it’s still good points, we know the pace is strong and we improved on what we needed to from yesterday’s race.”

Juan Manuel Correa said: “It was a positive race. The start was good, and that was one of the biggest issues we’ve had recently. We need to see how to repeat that in the future but I think we’ve found something. I made up a few positions, and tried a few experimental things with the car. I think we found something as I was extremely quick at the end – I just missed that speed at the beginning. Basically the race finished too early for me! Overall it was a positive race but it is disappointing to leave without points.”

In the end it’s still good points, we know the pace is strong.

“In the end it’s still good points, we know the pace is strong.”

Callum Ilott  

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