Jack Aitken races to points finish despite tough weekend in Austria. Maini completes promising debut

Anglo-Korean Aitken finished tenth on Saturday and was running in seventh place today before he was forced to make an unscheduled pit stop for a damaged nose change. Indian Maini showed a great deal of promise

Campos Racing was left with mixed emotions after the sixth round of the 2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship season. Jack Aitken had the pace but not the luck at the Red Bull Ring. Indian driver Arjun Maini got off to a positive start with Campos Racing and hopefully there is more of this to come at the next round of the series at Silverstone in two weeks’ time.

On Friday, Aitken set the fifth fastest lap time (1m15.053s) in the free practice session with Maini clocking a time of 1m15.949s after posting 28 laps. Unfortunately Anglo-Korean Aitken had some great segments but he didn’t put together a perfect lap in qualifying. His lap time of 1m14.986s gave him the 14th spot on the starting grid for Saturday’s race 1. Maini ended the day by qualifying 18th with a best lap of 1m15.363s.

Saturday’s feature race saw Aitken starting on the soft compound and Maini on the prime tire. Aitken couldn’t make a good getaway and fallen to 16th right behind his teammate Maini. The latter passed Giuliano Alesi in lap 4 and just two later Aitken ducked into the pits for his mandatory tire change. Maini ran as high as second before making his pit stop in lap 34. Further adrift, Aitken gained several positions showing front-running pace. After 40 laps, Aitken took the checkered flag in 10th place and Maini crossed the line 15th.

The curtain came down with weekend’s sprint race on Sunday and Aitken made a good start moving up to eighth with his Campos Racing-run Dallara F2 2018. Just in lap 2, he also swept ahead of Anthoine Hubert. After spending several laps behind Jordan King, Aitken collided with Hubert, who had fought back, and it forced the Briton to make a pit stop and change the damaged front wing. Maini finished 15th after another recovery drive and Aitken ended up 18th.

The FIA Formula 2 Championship will head to Silverstone (Great Britain) on 13-14 July.

Jack Aitken (Driver of Campos Racing): “A difficult weekend for us, we didn’t have the pace that maybe we wanted or expected, which made the whole weekend a struggle for us. But we have to learn from it and take the positives, including fighting back to take points on Saturday.”

Arjun Maini (Driver of Campos Racing): “The goal for the weekend was to prepare the best we can I try to learn as much as I can for Silverstone. I really enjoyed my comeback in F2. The most challenging bit was understanding again the feeling of the Pirelli tyres and to keep them in the window. Overall results were not perfect but we showed great promise and I really enjoyed working with the Campos team and I think we are ready for a fight in Silverstone.”

Spielberg (AUT) JUN 28-30 2019 - Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring. Arjun Maini #14 Campos Racing. © 2019 Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency

Spielberg (AUT) JUN 28-30 2019 – Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring. Arjun Maini #14 Campos Racing. © 2019 Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency

Spielberg (AUT) JUN 28-30 2019 - Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring. Jack Aitken #15 Campos Racing. © 2019 Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency

Spielberg (AUT) JUN 28-30 2019 – Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring. Jack Aitken #15 Campos Racing. © 2019 Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency

Le Castellet (FRA) JUN 21-23 2019 - French Grand Prix at circuit Paul Ricard. Start photo race 2. © 2019 Diederik van der Laan  / Dutch Photo Agency.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 Agency