Jack Aitken brings points-paying finish home at Monza

After a tough qualifying session due to a red flag, Aitken and Campos Racing completed two strong performances in both races with a seventh place finish on Sunday which was the icing on the cake. Samaia also had competitive pace throughout the weekend

The Italian Grand Prix at Monza ended in a positive way for Campos Racing as the Spanish-based team secured a points-paying finish with Briton Jack Aitken. The Anglo-Korean driver made two stunning recoveries in both races to finish seventh in the sprint race after a difficult qualifying session.

Aitken made a positive start to the weekend as he finished 10th-fastest in free practice. Unfortunately, the qualifying session was a big lottery and Campos Racing and its drivers didn’t have Lady Luck on their side as a red flag came when both Aitken and Brazilian Guillherme Samaia were trying to clock a flying lap. The session wasn’t restarted and as a result Aitken was forced to start from 19th on the starting grid with Samaia lining up three spots behind.

Saturday’s feature race was the first steps towards a points-paying finish as Aitken pushed hard to gain as many places as possible for Sunday’s sprint race. After 30 laps, Aitken took the checkered flag in 13th place. His teammate Samaia finished 21st with the other orange-colored Dallara.

The sprint race saw a nice start from Aitken as the Anglo-Korean moved up to seventh after only two laps. Unfortunately, Luca Ghiotto made contact with Aitken at the first chicane and Aitken lost three places. He remained committed to his recovery drive and moved past Pedro Piquet for ninth in lap 8 and, when Guanyu Zhou slowed down, the Briton took eighth place in which he finally took the checkered flag. Race winner Dan Ticktum was later disqualified and Aitken moved up to seventh. Samaia finished in 15th place after another promising performance.

The FIA Formula 2 Championship will stay in Italy for another week as Mugello will host the ninth round of the 2020 season next weekend.

Monza (ITA) SEP 04-6 - Italian Grand Prix at the Monza Eni Circuit. Jack Aitken #09 Campos Racing. © 2020 Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency

Monza (ITA) SEP 04-6 – Italian Grand Prix at the Monza Eni Circuit. Jack Aitken #09 Campos Racing. © 2020 Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency

Monza (ITA) SEP 04-6 - Italian Grand Prix at the Monza Eni Circuit. Sophia Floersch #31 Campos Racing © 2020 Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo AgencyMonza (ITA), SEP 4 - 6 2020 - Italian Grand Prix at Autodromo Nazionale Monza. Guilherme Samaia #10 Campos Racing. © 2020 Sebastiaan Rozendaal / Dutch Photo Agency