Jack Aitken and Dorian Boccolacci showed a promising performance at the season opener in Bahrain
The 2019 FIA Formula 2 championship kicked off in Bahrain this weekend. Campos Racing is tackling the new season with new recruits Jack Aitken and Dorian Boccolacci. Both drivers impressed with their performance at the pre-season test and showed a solid pace also at the season opener of the Formula 1 feeder series.
In the only second race of the new season, Adrian Campos and his team started from the first row: Jack Aitken showed a strong performance in the feature race on Saturday and finished in seventh position. He was rewarded with six championship points and due to the reverse grid order for Sunday’s sprint race he clinched starting position two for the second race. Aitken got off to a good start but a competitor hit the car #15 on the first lap in the battle for P2 and as a consequence, Aitken lost five positions. Despite the damages on the car, the 23-year-old tried to finish the race in the points but crossing the finish line in eleventh position was the maximum.
The weekend in the Bahraini desert started off promising with Free Practice and Qualifying on Friday. In the practice session, both Campos Racing drivers completed their first laps of the 2019 campaign and became acquainted with the 5.412 km long Bahrain International Circuit. Aitken, setting a best lap time of 1:45.006 minutes, classified in 14th position and completed a total of 15 laps. Boccolacci added another 18 laps to the team’s tally and was 18th with a best lap time of 1:45.768 minutes. Later in the first qualifying of the season, Aitken (1:41.115) and Boccolacci (1:41.918) improved their lap times and classified 5th and 16th respectively for the feature race on Saturday.
Starting from the third row on Saturday, Aitken had a strong start and climbed up to P4. Boccolacci gained two positions at the start and was running in P14. After 32 laps, Aitken finished the race in seventh position and collected his first points of the season. As a consequence of the reverse grid order for the sprint race he even achieved his first front row start of the year.
Boccolacci finished the first race in 15th. In the sprint race on Sunday, the Frenchman struggled with the tyre degradation and whilst running in P18, he came to the pits to complete an unplanned tyre change on lap 18. He crossed the finish line in P17.
Campos Racing will now analyze the data gathered in the heat of Bahrain to prepare for the next events and aims to have strong results in the upcoming races. The second round of the 2019 FIA Formula 2 championship will take place in Baku from 26th until 28th April.
Jack Aitken: “In the end a disappointing result from a promising start. Qualifying went very well considering we ran in the middle of the session. The feature race was tough, and we didn’t really have the pace to fight but managed to stay in the points and get a front row start for Sunday, which is important. Unfortunately Sunday was a mess after being hit on the first lap out of P2, and from there we were always going to struggle to score points. Onto the next round!”
Adrian Campos (Campos Racing President): “We managed to collect valuable points in Bahrain. We already know the potential is there and our goal is to improve the tyre management and optimization at races.”
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