Jack Aitken recovers from back to finish in the points-paying places in Spielberg

Briton-Korean Aitken delivered a strong performance today at Red Bull Ring to bring an 8th-place home after a penalty dashed his chances in Race 1. Brazilian Samaia also showed good pace on his FIA F2 debut

Campos Racing and its duo consisting of Jack Aitken and Guilherme Samaia kicked off the 2020 FIA Formula 2 Championship season at Red Bull Ring this weekend. Despite a bitter Saturday in which Aitken’s hopes went up in the smoke, when he was given a stop-and-go penalty, the Briton-Korean driver and Campos Racing pushed even harder on Sunday to secure a points-paying finish. Samaia put valuable experience under his belt throughout the weekend, which will help him for Round 2 next weekend.

On Friday, Aitken and Samaia failed to put all sectors together in qualifying as a red flag came out when they were on their flying laps and it forced them to abandon their attempts. As a result, Aitken qualified 14th with a personal best lap of 1m15.264s and Samaia clocked a lap time of 1m15.703s to line up 19th.

For Saturday’s Race 1, both Campos Racing drivers headed into high spirits due to their excellent race pace. Briton-Korean Aitken had gained several places before making his pit stop for hard tires in lap 11. Sadly, later he was given a stop-and-go penalty for being one place out during the formation lap. It ruined his chances and took the checkered flag in 15th place. Samaia finished right behind in 16th place.

Today, Aitken moved up to 13th immediately after getting underway Race 2 and, despite several safety car periods being deployed in the first half of the race due to Giuliano Alesi and Marcus Armstrong stopping on the track as a result of mechanical issues. At the restart, Aitken squeezed passed Roy Nissany for making it into the top-ten. In the closing moments of the race, Aitken also moved past Callum Ilott for 8th to secure a point after a remarkable recovery drive. Samaia, who got involved in several battles, crossed the finish line in 15th.

The Red Bull Ring circuit will also host Round 2 next weekend with two closely-fought races expected.

Jack Aitken (Driver of Campos Racing): “Overall it was a frustrating weekend for us because we had the pace to compete up the front but we were really unlucky with penalty in Race 1. It was my mistake but it is really harsh. It is just one of those things happening sometimes. Today was a lot of better. We managed to finish in the points and showed good pace. We will continue working in the next few days in order to get ready for next weekend.”

Guilherme Samaia (Driver of Campos Racing): “It was a weekend of many lessons learnt. There are always things you aren’t always able to assimilate or predict in such a short track time. I am glad to finish all sessions completing free practice, qualifying session and both races. Of course, I made mistakes but I also managed to do my work properly. That is why I am looking forward to next two races. I will continue learning and there is still a lot of room for improvement.”

Spielberg (AUT) JUL 3-5 2020 - Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring. Jack Aitken #09 Campos Racing. © 2020 Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency

Spielberg (AUT) JUL 3-5 2020 – Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring. Jack Aitken #09 Campos Racing. © 2020 Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency

Spielberg (AUT) JUL 3-5 2020 - Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring. Jack Aitken #09 Campos Racing. © 2020 Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency

Spielberg (AUT) JUL 3-5 2020 – Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring. Jack Aitken #09 Campos Racing. © 2020 Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency

Spielberg (AUT) JUL 3-5 2020 - Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring. Sophia Florsch #31 Campos Racing © 2020 Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo AgencySpielberg (AUT), JUL 2-5 2020 - Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring. Guilherme Samaia #10 Campos Racing. © 2020 Sebastiaan Rozendaal / Dutch Photo Agency