Jack Aitken scores double points-paying finishes in Spielberg

Anglo-Korean Aitken took a sixth place on Sunday after finishing ninth the previous day. Brazilian Samaia continued his learning period in the FIA Formula 2 completing two other full-distance races

Campos Racing experienced another rewarding weekend in the frame of the Styrian Grand Prix with his driver Jack Aitken securing two points-paying finishes at Red Bull Ring. It was Aitken’s third straight finish in the points. The beautiful setting of the Red Bull Ring in Austria’s Styrian Mountains added a bit of extra spice with changeable weather conditions over the weekend. Brazilian Guilherme Samaia also enjoyed enhanced performance compared to Round 1 and continues his learning in the main Formula 1 feeder series.

After a free practice session in which both Campos Racing drivers completed 46 laps in their Dallara F2 2018 cars, they headed into the qualifying in high spirits. Aitken’s best lap of 1m14.976s put him fifth on the starting grid for Saturday’s feature race. Samaia scored a lap time of 1m16.287s, which was 22nd-fastest.

Race 1 was delayed as rain worsened in the previous minutes. After several formation laps, the field headed into pit lane as race control deemed the conditions too wet for racing. Finally, the feature race was set to start at 18.35 with a reduced distance of 36 laps. After four laps behind the safety car, Aitken rapidly moved up to fourth by passing Luca Ghiotto. The Briton driver ran in fourth place until he made his pit stop on lap 15 for a fresh set of rain tires. Unfortunately, Aitken struggled with tire wear in the final laps and dropped to ninth, still securing two valuable points for the championship. Samaia finished in twentieth position but gaining experience under wet conditions.

On Sunday, race 2 saw very different conditions with a bright sunny day. Aitken made a good getaway and soon moved up to eighth at the expense of Yuki Tsunoda. In lap 10, Aitken gained another place after passing Sean Gelael for seventh and pulled away from his rivals. Aitken’s Dallara F2 2018 car in Campos Racing colors finally took the checkered flag in sixth place with the Briton posting his fastest lap of the race in the very last lap. Samaia crossed the finish line in 17th-place after a full-distance battle with long-time Formula 2 contender Artem Markelov.

The FIA Formula 2 will head to Hungary next weekend for its third round of the 2020 season. The Hungaroring, a Mickey Mouse-type circuit, will feature a completely new challenge in comparison to Red Bull Ring.

Spielberg (AUT) JUL 10-12 2020 - Steiermark Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring. Jack Aitken #09 Campos Racing. © 2020 Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency

Spielberg (AUT) JUL 10-12 2020 – Steiermark Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring. Jack Aitken #09 Campos Racing. © 2020 Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency

Spielberg (AUT), JUL 2-5 2020 - Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring. Alessio Deledda #30 Campos Racing © 2020 Sebastiaan Rozendaal / Dutch Photo AgencySpielberg (AUT) JUL 10-12 2020 - Steiermark Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring. Alex Peroni #29 Campos Racing © 2020 Diederik van der Laan / Dutch Photo Agency