Sauber Motorsport have announced a partnership with Charouz Racing Systems to form Sauber Junior Team that will participate in multiple formula disciplines.
The Swiss team, known for racing in Formula 1 under Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team will expand with junior teams in the FIA Formula 2 Championship, the newly formed FIA Formula 3 Championship, ADAC Formel 4 Championship and Italian Formula 4 from 2019 onwards.
Sauber have partnered with Czech racing team, Charouz, who entered in this years F2 series for the first time. Both will be aiming to collaborate together into the Sauber Junior Team in technical, sporting and commercial support.
The team will also aim to provide skilled drivers a clear ladder from the junior series into F1. All Sauber Junior cars will race with an identical livery to the F1 team and will be based in the Czech Republic.
Sauber CEO and team principal of the Sauber’s F1 team, Frédéric Vasseur says the formation of Sauber Junior Team marks an important step into the team’s history and hopes with the support of Charouz that success will come in all series.
“Racing is a vital part of Sauber Motorsport’s DNA and the Sauber Junior Team marks an important milestone in the company history,” said Vasseur.
“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 programme 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.”
Charouz currently race in F2 with the help of Antonio Fuoco and Louis Delétraz. The pairing have made an impressive start to the Czech team’s first season, lying in sixth overall in the teams’ standing. Fuoco helped achieved the team’s first win in Monaco in the sprint race, with Delétraz finishing in second to give the team a one-two result.
Antonín Charouz, team owner of Charouz is excited about the upcoming programme with Sauber in Motorsport, allowing drivers from the lower series to progress into F1 with a single team.
“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,” said Charouz.
“The Sauber Junior Team programme 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.”