Sauber launches Junior Team program with Charouz

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Sauber Motorsport has announced the creation of the Sauber Junior Team program to compete in the FIA Formula 2, FIA Formula 3, ADAC Formel 4 Championship and the Italian F4 Championship, from 2019 onwards.

As we’ve been discussing on our podcasts, the transformation of this team over the 2018 season has be extraordinary and this new program is just another testament to Fred’s leadership with Ferrari’s technical partnership.

Sauber has partnered with leading team Charouz Racing System, who has a successful track record and state of the art facilities. The Sauber Junior Team will benefit from Sauber’s technical, sporting and commercial support and the first tests will take place in Abu Dhabi later this month.

The Sauber Junior Team program will bring back Sauber’s penchant for developing young talent and allow skilled drivers to race in the junior series in a highly professional environment and to progress from category-to-category to the top of motorsport. Remember Kimi Raikkonen, Felipe Massa, Nick Heidfeld and others who all got their start at Sauber?

Antonín Charouz, Team Owner of Charouz Racing System:

“Establishing a Junior Team partnership with Sauber Motorsport is a proud moment in the history of Charouz Racing System and we’re looking forward to taking some exceptional drivers on track in 2019, across three different categories of racing. The Sauber Junior Team program is a very exciting development in international motorsport. It gives drivers the chance to potentially progress all the way from Formula 4 to Formula One with a single team. That’s a unique model and an exciting prospect for everyone involved.”

Frédéric Vasseur, CEO of Sauber Motorsport and Team Principal of the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team:

“Racing is a vital part of Sauber Motorsport’s DNA and the Sauber Junior Team marks an important milestone in the company history. Sauber has a long tradition of helping drivers reach their full potential, having worked with the likes of Michael Schumacher, Sebastian Vettel and upcoming star Charles Leclerc. With this project, Sauber further extends its racing platform with a complete and dedicated program from the junior series to the pinnacle of motorsport. We are delighted to partner with Charouz Racing System, a highly professional team that operates with success in all the series”.

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Tom Firth

Ahah, that explains that then.