Another strong result in Russia will see Aitken to close up in the title race. Sato aims to gain his first points in only his third weekend behind the wheel of the Campos Racing-run Dallara F2 2018
Campos Racing heads to Russia as the Sochi Autodrom hosts the penultimate round of the 2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship season. The Spain-based team comes into the weekend looking to close the gap on the championship leaders. Campos Racing will enter its two Dallara F2 2018 cars for Jack Aitken and Marino Sato.
Aitken is completing a brilliant season and the Anglo-Korean driver has been a regular podium visitor with a total of seven rostrum finishes including three wins at Baku, Silverstone and Monza. Aitken currently sits fourth in the Drivers’ standings with 153 points and looks to continue his winning form this weekend.
Sato made a clear step forward at Monza’s Temple of Speed with the Japanese racer finishing 11th and 12th over the weekend. Despite Sato will pay a visit to Sochi for the first time this season, he expects a strong performance at the Russian Grand Prix venue.
Finally, Campos Racing occupies fourth place in the Teams’ standings with 183 points.
The 5.848-kilometre Sochi Autodrom is the fourth-longest circuit on the calendar and is built around the Olympic Park. The track features a smooth and non-abrasive surface and characteristically is quite slippery on Friday. Turn 3 is always the most challenging corner as it is a long multi-apex left-hander. Besides, Sochi also includes two ninety-degree right turns, which also require the most effort from the brakes.
Both free practice and qualifying sessions will take place on Friday at 08.30 and 16.00. Saturday’s race 1 with a mandatory pit stop is scheduled at 15.45 with Sunday’s sprint race bringing the curtain down at 10.20. All times are local (GMT+2).
Jack Aitken (Driver of Campos Racing): “Jack Aitken: I’m really looking forward to Sochi, as we are now very close to 2nd in the championship and I feel we are on good form after winning in Monza!”
Marino Sato (Driver of Campos Racing): “I think atmosphere and event is very cool, track looks twisty and difficult. We need to learn the stuff as quick as possible to be more competitive.”
Adrián Campos (President of Campos Racing): “Nearing the end of the season we have a clear goal in mind, which is to continue scoring strong results and finish as high as possible in the Drivers’ and Teams’ classification. Our cars proved to be fast and reliable throughout the season and we have to follow the same path.”