Jack Aitken claims home victory in action-packed race at Silverstone

Aitken stormed to his second FIA Formula 2 win of the 2019 season on home turf today taking a great points haul for the championship

Campos Racing excelled at the British Silverstone circuit with Briton Jack Aitken securing a fantastic triumph driving one of their Dallara F2 2018 cars. Aitken now strengthens his FIA Formula 2 title bid with five rounds remaining. Arjun Maini delivered a strong performance throughout the weekend despite point-scoring positions were elusive for him at the British venue.

Anglo-Korean Aitken and Indian Maini made a strong start to the weekend on Friday. Aitken posted the fourth fastest time with a lap of 1m39.554s, while Maini was seventh fastest clocking a lap time of 1m39.899s. In the afternoon, Aitken set a best lap time of 1m38.686s, which left him with the eighth place on the starting grid for the start of the Feature race. Maini qualified 14th with his lap of 1m39.512s.

The lights went out with the threat of racing on Saturday but it never spiced up the show. Aitken made a good start but he was forced to slow down at T1 to avoid a collision and dropped to ninth. As Aitken and Maini started on the softer compound, both drivers pitted to switch to their prime tires in lap 6 and 7. Campos Racing completed two super-fast pit stops and Aitken continued to climb up the order passing Callum Ilott and Louis Deletraz. In the dying moments of the race, Aitken was running sixth but he closed the gap to Nyck de Vries. Finally, Aitken leapt past the Dutchman for fifth in lap 25 and secured a valuable top-5 finish. Maini took the checkered flag in 12th place.

Aitken had a nearly perfect Sunday as he moved up to second at the start after passing Ilott and de Vries. Despite de Vries retook the second place, Aitken definitively slipped into second place in lap 7. While, Maini handed a drive through penalty following a clash with Giuliano Alesi. Up front, Aiken improved the fastest lap time several times to move into the leader’s slipstream. Aitken was unstoppable and finally passed Deletraz for the lead and the Briton rapidly built a gap of two seconds. After 21 laps, Aitken crossed the line to take his second victory of the season. Following his penalty, Maini put in a recovery drive to finish in 13th place.

Aitken now sits fifth in the drivers’ standings with 113 points. Campos Racing currently ranks fourth in the teams’ standings with 143 points.

The FIA Formula 2 will head to Hungary next month as its eighth round of the 2019 season takes place at the Hungaroring on 3-4 August.

Jack Aitken (Driver of Campos Racimg): “Absolutely amazing to get a win at home. We suffered a bit in qualifying but we fought back well in race 1, and showed everyone our pace in Race 2. A lot of fun!”

Adrián Campos (President of Campos Racing): “I’m delighted with our performance at Silverstone. I would like to congratulate everybody at Campos Racing as our results are a true teamwork effort. The British round strengthens our title bid for the remaining rounds of the season and we are looking forward to scoring more wins and podiums.”

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Spielberg (AUT) JUN 28-30 2019 - Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring. Alex Peroni #23 Campos Racing. © 2019 Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo AgencySilverstone (ENG) JUL 12-14 2019 - British Grand Prix at Silverstone circuit. Alex Peroni #23 Campos Racing. © 2019 Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency