Frenchman Boccolacci scored valuable points for the championship with fourth and fifth place finishes on the streets of Monte Carlo. Briton Aitken would start from the back of the grid, which forced him to fight his way through the field in both races
Campos Racing completed a fruitful weekend in Monte Carlo, which hosted the fourth round of the 2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship. Jack Aitken and Dorian Boccolacci showed speed and competitiveness in their Campos Racing-run Dallara F2 2018 cars and the latter brought valuable points home finishing in the top five twice.
Aitken and Boccolacci made a promising start to the weekend on Thursday. Aitken sped to the fifth fastest time with a lap of 1m22.569s in the practice session and Boccolacci was seventh fastest in a time of 1m22.872s. Unfortunately, an intense and difficult qualifying session with the traffic prevented a better result. Boccolacci qualified 13th with a lap of 1m22m290s and Aitken set a quickest time of 1m22.877s to start from 18th on the grid for Friday’s feature race.
After a second warm-up lap as Callum Ilott stalled on the grid, Boccolacci and Aitken immediately gained several positions as soon as the lights went out. But Aitken had a clash in the first lap and couldn’t find enough pace in his damaged Dallara. The Briton pitted to switch tire compounds in lap 6 but he couldn’t take advantage of the fresh tires rejoining behind Mahaveer Raghunathan.
Up the front, Boccolacci was running in fifth place and was cutting the gap on Nobuharu Matsushita and kept Artem Markelov at bay. But the the race was red-flagged when Tatiana Calderón, Mick Schumacher and Louis Deletraz collided and blocked the track in lap 20.
At the restart, Boccolacci increased his pace just before making his mandatory pit stop in lap 35 and finally finished in fourth place to collect his season’s best FIA Formula 2 result. Aitken retired from the race with two laps to go when Raghunathan hit him.
On Saturday, Boccolacci lined up fifth on the reverse starting grid with Aitken lining up 14th. Boccolacci fended off Sérgio Sette-Camara for fifth in a Sprint race consisting of 30 laps, which also saw two safety-car periods. In the closing stages of the race, Boccolacci pulled away to secure another strong finish. Aitken finally ended up 13th.
After the Monegasque round, Aitken still sits fourth in the Drivers’ standings and Boccolacci is ninth in the standings now. Campos Racing currently sits fourth in the Teams’ championship.
The FIA Formula 2 championship will feature a break of four weeks before resuming at Circuit Paul Ricard on 22-23 June.
Jack Aitken (Campos Racing Driver): “Not the weekend we were hoping for but we did our best after the problems of qualifying. In these situations we just have to do the best we can and keep our nose clean. We showed good pace at times, and now our focus is on Paul Ricard for the next round.”
Dorian Boccolacci (Campos Racing Driver): ““We had the speed all the weekend! From free practice to race 2. I am happy with the weekend, the team worked well and we scored good points for the championship, I am feeling better and better in the car and I improved myself. We need to continue like this and get a podium soon!””
Adrián Campos (Campos Racing President): “We leave Monaco with a bittersweet taste. We are extremely happy with Dorian and because he proved our car was competitive at such a unique circuit. But, on the other hand, Jack had a tough weekend following a difficult qualifying session and he couldn’t continue his podium streak.”