Top 10 charge for Sauber Junior Team F2 duo in Austria


30 June 2019
I feel I did a pretty good job in both races but we just need to understand why we’re suffering from higher tyre degradation

“I feel I did a pretty good job in both races but we just need to understand why we’re suffering from higher tyre degradation”


Juan Manuel Correa  

The Sauber Junior Team’s F2 squad claimed a double top 10 finish during the FIA Formula 2 Championship Sprint Race in Austria on Sunday.

Building on experience gained during Saturday’s challenging Feature Race, the team’s talented youngsters Juan Manuel Correa and Callum Ilott both rounded off the weekend positively.

Alfa Romeo F1 Development Driver Juan Manuel lined up P11 for today’s 28-lap encounter and worked his way forward to challenge for points. The American showed tenacity in a closely-contested train of cars to cross the line in P10.

Callum, a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy, started from P14 but suffered misfortune on the opening lap when he was involved in a collision with a rival.

That dropped him down to the rear of the field but in a determined fightback he carved his way forwards to take P9.

The Sauber Junior Team by Charouz squad depart Austria P8 in the Teams’ standings, ahead of the next event at Silverstone, Great Britain, from 12 – 14 July.

Antonin Charouz, team owner, said: “Both JM and Callum showed good pace and made progress in today’s race, and ultimately just missed out on scoring some points. With more experience of the tyres I expect we will see another step forward at the next round in Great Britain.”

Bob Vavrik, team principal, said: “It was a good drive by both of our rookies in today’s race. JM did well to move forward but unfortunately ran out of tyres in the closing laps. Callum was involved in an incident early on and from there did well to move into the top 10, joining JM. It’s disappointing to leave Austria without adding to our points tally but we proved again that we have the pace.”

Juan Manuel Correa said: “I feel I did a pretty good job in both races but we just need to understand why we’re suffering from higher tyre degradation – whether that’s me or the car. We also have to improve our qualifying performance so we can start the races on a stronger platform. Elsewhere it was positive, I think I did quite smart races as I stayed out of trouble, but at the end when we needed to push we didn’t have anything left in the tyres.”

Callum Ilott said: “I had some contact at the start and lost four or five positions so I dropped to pretty much the back of the field. I tried to manage my tyres so when people started to struggle I could come forward, but I had no speed through sector one and I had to use a bit more tyre than was ideal. With a few laps to go I started to push hard, as we had nothing to lose, and that worked out as a better option. Overtaking a few cars was a good way to conclude the race.”

I feel I did a pretty good job in both races but we just need to understand why we’re suffering from higher tyre degradation

“I feel I did a pretty good job in both races but we just need to understand why we’re suffering from higher tyre degradation”


Juan Manuel Correa  
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