Aitken expects to build on his string of strong 2019 results in the FIA Formula 2 Championship and continue the pressure on the title fight. Sato will make his first appearance in the series
Campos Racing heads to the Ardennes for the ninth round of the FIA Formula 2 season, which will take at Spa-Francorchamps in the frame of the Belgian Grand Prix. The Spain-based team presented its new driver line-up earlier this week with Japanese racer Marino Sato joining Jack Aitken for the final four events.
Campos Racing aims to run strong in the Belgian Ardennes when the season enters its hot phase. Aitken ranks fifth in the Drivers’ standings with 134 points. Briton Aitken scored his sixth podium of the season at the Hungaroring, prior to the summer break. Last but not least, he also took two wins including an emotional home triumph at Silverstone.
Despite Sato will make his Formula 2 debut, the Japanese driver already raced over the Belgian course in lower categories, which will be a good starting point for learning throughout the weekend.
The 7.004-kilometre lap is the longest of the entire season and the layout is renowned for its high speeds and fast corners with remarkable lateral and longitudinal energy loads. The Belgian Grand Prix is also famous for its changeable weather conditions, which could add to the unpredictability of the races.
Both free practice and qualifying sessions will take place on Friday at 13.00 and 16.55. Saturday’s race 1 with a mandatory pit stop is scheduled at 16.45 with Sunday’s sprint race bringing the curtain down at 11.15. All times are local (GMT+2).
Jack Aitken (Driver of Campos Racing): “I’m really looking forward to getting back in the car at one of the most historic circuits on the calendar, we’re more motivated than ever to get some wins under our belt!”
Marino Sato (Driver of Campos Racing): “There are a lot of new things for me, so first of all, I will be focus to adjust myself to the team and to get used to GP’s format weekend and, of course, the car. I’ll give everything and try to learn the maximum out of it for the future.”
Adrián Campos (President of Campos Racing): “We have now reached the final rush of the championship. After the summer break, our goal is to continue the same ascending and positive line and head into the title decider in contention.”