Brilliant Home Win

15/07/2019 Posted in: Racing

Jack Aitken claimed a spectacular victory on home soil in the Formula 2 sprint race ahead of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on Sunday.

After starting fourth on the grid, the London-born driver demonstrated his excellent racecraft to claim the win with a bold overtake less than five laps from the end.

The Renault Formula 1 Team test driver made one of his now-customary rapid getaways at the start of the 21-lap race, leaping up to second place and onto the tail of the leader Louis Deletraz.

Although he got boxed in a bit further around the lap and was demoted to third behind Nyck de Vries, Campos Racing driver Aitken remained on the front foot and made an opportunistic move to the inside of de Vries in the circuit’s arena complex on lap seven. While de Vries cut back to get back alongside down the subsequent straight, Aitken held on around the outside of Brooklands to secure the place.

As the race reached the half-way point, Aitken began to take chunks out of Deletraz’s lead, posting a series of three consecutive fastest laps – even as light rain began to fall. As soon as he caught Deletraz, Aitken took his chance, sending his car down the inside of Brooklands to snatch the lead with a clean pass.

After that, he simply pulled away, setting the quickest lap of the race on the penultimate tour and sealing his second win of 2019 by almost five seconds, to the applause of the packed Silverstone crowd.

Aitken’s win followed a positive feature race on Saturday from eighth on the grid. Another great launch allowed him to challenge for fifth on the inside of the first corner, only to be squeezed out and fall to ninth, but he fought back brilliantly, taking fifth away from the championship leader de Vries with three laps remaining.

“It’s really special to win on the British Grand Prix weekend. It’s what I’ve been hoping for, for the last two weeks pretty much. We had a decent start and I was able to make the moves. I was just thinking that I might not get many chances when I was behind Louis especially, so I just had to go for it.”

“I was pushing quite hard at that point. I thought I couldn’t spend a lot of time behind him because with so many high-speed corners at Silverstone, you just destroy the tyres if you’re behind another car. I got the DRS into Brooklands and he left half a gap or so, and I just took it. It was good racing and he gave me just enough space which was pretty awesome.”

“We struggled a bit in qualifying on Friday. We were fifth after the first runs, which would have been decent, but to end up eighth wasn’t what we were hoping for. It’s a shame that we got boxed in at the start of race one, as I think a podium could have been possible there. But we were able to move forward and that gave me the confidence to push for the win in race two.”

“After the Formula 1 race I went to the fan zone for a bit of a meet-and-greet. It’s something we already decided on Saturday that we’d do, and to do it after winning on Sunday made it even nicer. It means a lot to have such great support at the track, and it makes results like one this extra special.”