The Hungarian venue brought two challenging races for Campos Racing at the Hungaroring. Tire wear and degradation were the norm for everybody over the weekend and an aggressive strategy that finally didn’t pay off dashed chances in Hungary
Campos Racing experienced a tough FIA Formula 2 weekend at the Hungaroring, in which Round 3 counting towards the series took place last weekend. Jack Aitken and Guilherme Samaia couldn’t achieve the expected results in their Campos Racing-entered machinery.
Aitken made a strong start to the weekend with a second place in the free practice session in changeable weather conditions. Despite Aitken couldn’t repeat his performance in the rain-marred qualifying session, the Anglo-Korean driver still took a promising 8th spot on the starting grid for Saturday’s feature race with a lap time of 1m52.496s. Brazilian Samaia was forced to start from the back of the grid as he couldn’t clock a lap time following an off-track.
On Saturday, Aitken moved up to fifth in the opening laps on the soft compound tire. Unfortunately, after making his mandatory pit stop in lap 8, the Briton didn’t have the pace to fight for a points-paying finish and took the checkered flag in 13th. Samaia, who started on the harder compound, ran in the top-ten before his pit stop and finally ended up 15th.
On Sunday, Aitken chose the red-colored soft compound for the first part of the race as it was expected a pit stop due to tire wear and degradation. He gained several places and ran in ninth before heading into the pit lane. He couldn’t keep a strong race trim and dropped the order at the end. In a similar way, Samaia also finished in the back of the field.
With two weeks to go for Round 4 at Silverstone, in which will be the home round for Briton Aitken, Campos Racing will continue relentlessly working for enhancing pace there.