Jack Aitken fights back to earn points in Sakhir

The Briton finished tenth on Saturday after putting a strong recovery drive

Campos Racing and its drivers Jack Aitken and Guilherme Samaia contested the penultimate round of the 2020 FIA Formula 2 Championship season at Bahrain International Circuit. The Spanish-based team showed competitive pace throughout the weekend but the event was dashed again by a difficult qualifying session in which was almost impossible to find a clean lap.

On Friday, Aitken clocked a lap time of 1m44.009s in the morning free practice session with his Brazilian teammate Samaia posting a best lap of 1m45.246s. Unfortunately, qualifying was marred by yellow and red flags and neither Aitken nor Samaia could improve their lap times and the Briton set to start from 15th and the Brazilian from 19th, they both clocking lap times of 1m42.848s and 1m43.286s in the first minutes of the session.

Saturday’s feature race saw Aitken and Samaia gaining places at the beginning. Aitken had moved up to eleventh after ten laps and got caught in a frantic battle with Christian Lundgaard, Yuki Tsunoda and Pedro Piquet. Just before making his pit stop in lap 16 for a set of fresh tires, Aitken was already running in eighth place. Aitken’s final rush rewarded him with tenth place after moving past Lundgaard, Giuliano Alesi, Sean Gelael and Luca Ghiotto, the latter on the final lap of the race. Samaia took the checkered flag in 21st.

On Sunday, Aitken made another characteristic great start and moved up to seventh in the first stages of the sprint race. The Anglo-Korean driver still gained another place when Tsunoda got a puncture. Two safety car and VSC periods led to making a pit stop gamble when Aitken pitted for a fresh set of tires from seventh, which proved to be the right call later. Aitken charged in the second half of the race and had set his sights even another points-paying position finish when he was forced to retire in the very last lap of the race. Samaia also failed to finish the race.

The FIA Formula 2 Championship will remain in Sakhir for the season finale, which will take place at Bahrain International Circuit next weekend.

Shakir (BAH) Nov 27-29, 2020 - F2 Gulf Air Bahrain GP 2020 at Bahrain International Circuit. Jack Aitken #09 Campos Racing. © 2020 Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency

Shakir (BAH) Nov 27-29, 2020 – F2 Gulf Air Bahrain GP 2020 at Bahrain International Circuit. Jack Aitken #09 Campos Racing. © 2020 Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency

Bahrain (BAH) March 1-3, 2020 - Bahrain F2 and GP3 test at Bahrain International Circuit. Guilherme Samaia #10 Campos Racing. © 2020 Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo AgencyRalph_Boschung_2021