Sunday saw a breathtaking race 2 with Anglo-Korean Aitken putting in a brilliant recovery drive to finish eighth and bring home valuable points. Samaia continues his learning process in the FIA Formula 2 and made it to the finish in both races
Campos Racing contested Round 4 of the 2020 FIA Formula 2 Championship season in which was another tough weekend of closely-fought action. Jack Aitken and Guilherme Samaia didn’t have an easy weekend but the Briton still secured a points-paying finish on Sunday with an incredible late charge.
After Friday’s practice session, in which Aitken and Samaia completed 37 laps, both drivers defending the Campos Racing colors headed into the qualifying with positive prospects. Aitken clocked a lap time of 1m40.082s later in qualifying to start from 6th on the grid for Saturday’s feature race. Brazilian Samaia posted a lap time of 1m42.204s.
Both Campos Racing drivers chose to start on the hard compound for race 1. Aitken made a good start and moved up to fifth maximizing his chances to fight for a podium finish. As it was a long first stint, Aitken set a solid race trim consistently getting down into the 1:44s and was running in third after 17 laps. Aitken pitted on lap 21 for a fresh set of medium tires but unfortunately, despite the pit call was the right one, he encountered traffic and couldn’t take the most of his new tires and took the checkered flag in 13th place. Samaia ended up in 21st.
Sunday was a completely different story from race 1 with Aitken setting his sights on points. After a few corners, Aitken had already moved up to tenth. Aitken exceeded in tire management to save his tires for the end of the race and set a competitive pace. But a safety car caused by Callum Ilott with six laps to go was a real game-changer. Some drivers pit for fresh tires while Aitken and Campos Racing made it to the finish with the same set. In two heart-stopping final laps, Aitken gained two places and crossed the finish line in eighth place. Samaia took the checkered flag in 15th-place, after a hard-fought race battling with Marino Sato or Roy Nissany.
The FIA Formula 2 Championship will be back at Silverstone next weekend with the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix.