Briton Aitken managed added another podium to his tally at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on Saturday and scored points on Sunday. Boccolacci was given a drive-through penalty in Race 1, which prevented him from a better result throughout the weekend
Campos Racing secured yesterday its third podium finish of the 2019 FIA Formula 2 season with Jack Aitken showing a solid performance to take second place in Barcelona, which was the home round of the campaign for the Spain-based team.
On Friday, Campos Racing and their drivers showed very good speed in the morning during the free practice session and either Jack Aitken or Dorian Boccolacci translated it in the qualifying. Britain’s Aitken put his Campos Racing Dallara F2 2018 on top of the times in qualifying with four minutes to go. Finally, Aitken secured the fifth-fastest time with a best lap of 1m28.355s. Frenchman Boccolacci set to start from ninth with a best lap of 1m28.580s. Unfortunately, both Campos Racing drivers handed a three-place grid drop afterwards for Saturday’s Feature Race.
Despite the setback from qualifying, the Spanish team was expecting big things from the Feature race. Aitken had a nearly-perfect start and moved up to fourth with Boccolacci also running in 9th after an incident-packed opening lap. Anyway, Boccolacci was forced to serve a drive-through penalty after making contact with Luca Ghiotto and it dashed his chances.
Up at the very front, Aitken moved into the lead in lap seven after passing Nyck de Vries. At this point, Guanyu Zhou and Nicholas Latifi had already ducked into the pits for their mandatory pit stop and Aitken himself made his pit stop in lap nine and came out fighting with Callum Ilott.
Aitken rapidly closed in on de Vries and twisted around the Dutchman in lap 25 but his charge wasn’t still over. With only two laps to go, the Briton also flew past Zhou to move up to second. A well-deserved result at the end! Boccolacci ended up in fourteenth place after a difficult race following his penalty.
Today, Aitken lined up seventh on the reverse starting grid with his teammate Boccolacci starting from 14th. Aitken glided past Ghiotto when the lights went out but the first safety car was deployed just after lap 1 when Nobuharu Matsushita’s car caught fire.
When the safety car ended and green flags waved once again, Aitken kept fighting with Ghiotto but the latter finally passed the Briton for sixth place at the halfway point. Later on, Aitken was involved in an exciting battle with Jordan King. But when the Campos Racing driver tried a move on his fellow countryman, he was forced off track and dropped to eighth. From then on, Aitken’s main goal was to keep Mick Schumacher at bay to collect more points for the championship, which he succeeded to do. Boccolacci finished 18th after a tough race in the midfield positions.
Aitken sits fourth in the Drivers’ standings with 62 points. Campos Racing ranks third in the Teams’ standings with 74 points.
The fourth event of the FIA Formula 2 Championship will take place in the streets of Monaco on May 24-25.
Jack Aitken (Campos Racing Driver): “After another very strong performance on Saturday, with 2nd place and strong pace all the way through, we had a slightly tougher Sunday. However, we can learn a lot from that to make sure we don’t suffer like that again! A good haul of points this weekend overall.”
Dorian Boccolacci (Campos Racing Driver): “I couldn’t do the test here so, what we achieved during qualifying was just a super result in the top 10 and close to the positions in the front. Then the drive through penalty I got in race 1 didn’t let me progress during the races when our target was to fight for the points but I am sure I will be back stronger in Monaco.”
Adrián Campos (Campos Racing President): “We are happy with Jack’s results this weekend because his second and eighth place finishes are extremely valuable to keep fighting for both championships.”