Campos Racing all set for start of the 2020 FIA F2 season this weekend

The Spain-based team heads to Red Bull Ring hoping for a strong start to its 2020 campaign in the Formula 1 feeder series with duo of Jack Aitken and Guilherme Samaia

Campos Racing is looking forward to getting back on the track following the long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020 FIA Formula 2 season finally kicks off at the Red Bull Ring circuit in the frame of the Austrian F1 Grand Prix. Besides, the Austrian Grand Prix will play a key role as it will be hosting two double-header events on successive weekends, so Campos Racing will get in full swing immediately.

Last year’s title contender Jack Aitken, who claimed three races wins in his Campos Racing-entered Dallara F2 2018, and series newcomer Guilherme Samaia carried out promising, strong preseason testing in Bahrain. Both drivers clocked competitive lap times at the Bahrain International Circuit and they aim at translating them into results in the curtain raiser event.

Everybody at Campos Racing has extensively worked to prepare one of the biggest challenges of the season: the Pirelli 18-inch tires. The new tires will serve to enter into a new era because they imply significant modifications, including the addition of around 30 kilograms in weight. Additionally, the car handling will also change massively and even experienced drivers will have to become used to it.

The Red Bull Ring is always the shortest lap of the season in terms of overall lap time and, as a result, tight margins are always expected. The Austrian circuit consists of 4,318 meters in the middle of Styrian mountains with a layout featuring ups and downs inherited from the old Österreichring. Tire wear and degradation is usually low and changeable weather often plays a key role throughout the weekend.

Free practice and qualifying sessions take place on Friday at 12.55 and 17.00 respectively. Saturday’s feature race is scheduled at 16.45 with Sunday’s sprint race getting underway at 11.10. All times are CET.

Adrián Campos (President of Campos Racing): “Motorsport is going to be slightly different but we feel confident that everything will go according our plan. We expect our fans will support us as always and let’s enjoy the passion for racing together.”

Jack Aitken (Driver of Campos Racing): “I am very happy to be back racing properly. As much fun as eSports was, it can’t replace the feeling of racing on a real racetrack and especially not with Campos Racing and all the guys, who I know so well now. I am looking forward to seeing anyone again and getting back on business. We are making the best preparations we can for a very busy season ahead of us.”

Guilherme Samaia (Driver of Campos Racing): “I am super anxious to be back. I can’t wait. Fortunately life is getting back to normal and we can go racing again. I am super excited ahead of the season opener. I worked a lot preparing everything for these first races. Let’s see what we can don on track. It is going to be very interesting to race with four different tire compounds so I am curious to see what happens. It is going to be challenging the adaptation of teams and drivers after so many weeks away from tracks with new 18-inch tires and compounds. I hope I can deliver the best I have got. I hope we can put a good performance together. But the goal is to have fun and at the same time I am focused on learning as much as possible as I am a rookie driver.”

BAHRAIN INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT, BAHRAIN - MARCH 03: Guilherme Samaia (BRA, CAMPOS RACING) during the Bahrain March testing at Bahrain International Circuit on March 03, 2020 in Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain. (Photo by Carl Bingham / LAT Images / FIA F2 Championship)

BAHRAIN INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT, BAHRAIN – MARCH 03: Guilherme Samaia (BRA, CAMPOS RACING) during the Bahrain March testing at Bahrain International Circuit on March 03, 2020 in Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain. (Photo by Carl Bingham / LAT Images / FIA F2 Championship)

IMG_0415-2BAHRAIN INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT, BAHRAIN - MARCH 02: Alessio Deledda (ITA, CAMPOS RACING) during the Test 1 - Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit on March 02, 2020 in Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain. (Photo by Carl Bingham / LAT Images / FIA F3 Championship)