New Zealander Lawson put in a superb recovery drive to finish second in Race 1 and brought an 8th place finish in the second race, which were held at the virtual Bahrain International Circuit. Briton Aitken also delivered a strong performance with a fifth place and podium potential. The event gathered more than 120,000 viewers on YouTube and Twitch.
Campos Racing made a nice start grabbing a podium finish at the Bahrain International Circuit, which hosted the first event of the Formula 2 Virtual Racing. The Spain-based outfit entered two cars for Jack Aitken and Liam Lawson for its debut on this platform, which brings drivers, teams and fans into the excitement of a racing weekend during the bout of the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Lawson lined up second on the starting grid with his teammate Aitken starting from the sixth spot. New Zealand’s young gun couldn’t make a good start and dropped to tenth with Aitken moving up to third. The Anglo-Korean driver ran in third place until his mandatory pit stop. After the pit stop window, Aitken was a solid third with Lawson running in fifth place. Lawson’s strong second part of the race promoted him to second at the checkered flag. Aitken crossed the finish line in fifth place rounding off a strong performance. In the sprint race, Aitken ran in the top-five from the start when the lights went out. Campos Racing driver remained in podium contention until the last lap when he made contact with another car and dropped to 11th. Lawson took the checkered flag in eighth place.
The F2 Virtual Racing will continue each and every Sunday during the COVID-19 pandemic featuring exciting double-headers at the same circuits included on the FIA Formula 2 and the FIA Formula 3 calendars. Both races are streamed live on YouTube and Twitch on Sunday afternoons as an appetizer for virtual F1 races.