Strong points haul for Anglo-Korean Aitken and Campos Racing with a third-place finish and another top-five result during the eighth round of the FIA Formula 2 Championship
Campos Racing completed another strong weekend in the FIA Formula 2 Championship. The Spanish outfit scored a sixth podium finish in the main F1 feeder series with Briton Jack Aitken racing his orange Dallara F2 2018 to third place on Saturday. Unfortunately, Indian Arjun Maini couldn’t round off this weekend following an off-track excursion on Saturday, which also ruined his hopes of a top-ten finish.
Aitken showed good pace going sixth quickest in free practice with a lap time of 1m29.705s. Maini clocked a time of 1m30.350s in his first taste of the Hungarian Grand Prix. But it was a rain-hit qualifying session later. At a wet Hungaroring, Aitken qualified seventh with a lap time of 1m50.962s. Despite he couldn’t improve on his very last flying lap, these small contretemps wouldn’t affect his performance on Saturday. Maini set to start from 15th on the grid with his lap time of 1m52.718s.
When the lights went out on Saturday, Aitken emulated another of his lightning race starts and moved up to fifth. The Anglo-Korean driver held fifth Nobuharu Matsushita and he caught up to Mick Schumacher on lap 5. Aitken made his mandatory pit stop to switch to the medium tire on lap 7. Thanks to a super-fast pit-stop, Aitken passed Schumacher. Besides, Campos Racing’s attempt to undercut the leaders finally worked as Luca Ghiotto – who has previously ran in second– rejoined two laps later behind Aitken. The Briton moved past drivers such as Ralph Boschung or Sean Gelael, who hadn’t pitted yet, and pulled away. The race came to an end behind the safety car as it was out to clear up Boschung’s Dallara. Maini couldn’t finish as he went off-track.
On Sunday, Aitken moved up to fifth at the start with Maini also moving through the field in a closely-fought battle with Louis Deletraz and Boschung. Despite Aitken pulled away from Nyck de Vries, he got stuck behind Sergio Sette Camara and Jordan King. After 28 laps, Aitken crossed the finish line in fifth securing valuable points for the championship. Maini finished in 16th place.
Aitken sits fifth with 134 points in the Drivers’ standings. Campos Racing ranks fourth in the Teams’ Standings with 164 points.
The FIA Formula 2 Championship now takes its traditional summer break with the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps scheduled on August 31- September 1.
Jack Aitken (Driver of Campos Racing): “Overall we can be happy with our weekend, we gained in the championship again and had strong pace and tire management. A little frustrating that we couldn’t challenge for a win but overtaking here is tough!”
Adrián Campos (President of Campos Racing): “A new podium finish and another fifth place put us strongly in contention for a top-three finish in the standings. That’s the key factor at this point, we need to be front runners all year.”