Jack Reflects On Best Ever F2 Weekend
30/04/2019 Posted in: Racing
Jack Aitken propelled himself into FIA Formula 2 Championship title contention with a feature race win and reverse-grid sprint race podium around the streets of Baku, Azerbaijan. Now up to second in the championship, he’s heading back to Europe full of confidence for the rest of the season, which will resume in Barcelona on 10-12 May.
After scoring a stunning feature race win on Saturday, Aitken pulled off another blinding start in Sunday’s sprint race, propelling himself from eighth to fifth by turn three. After a brief safety car interruption, Jack picked off Nikita Mazepin at the restart for fourth and then past Sean Gelael at turn three a few laps later.
Jack’s main rival from the feature race, Nyck de Vries, was able to sneak past after contact from Luca Ghiotto behind but determined to make amends, Jack retook the final podium place as he crossed the line to start the final lap.
Racking up 37 points across both races, Jack scored the equal biggest haul of points by a driver so far this season in Formula 2, putting him straight back into the title fight after circumstances had gone against Jack and the team in Bahrain.
JACK ON…HIS BEST EVER F2 WEEKEND
“I’m delighted to be the highest points scorer of the weekend. I think we did a really good job. During the second race, we actually had a chance at going for the win. I think we could have done it had it not been for my DRS failing on the home straight and it could nearly have been two wins from the weekend, but not to be.
“I’m very happy with a win and a podium. That makes me the highest points scorer in Baku and pulls me up to second in the championship. It makes up for a start that wasn’t ideal, so I’m happy.
“Obviously, something like this does give you confidence moving forwards, so I’m going to use that confidence. The car was very good all weekend, exactly what I was hoping for it to be. I’ve always had a good feeling with the Baku circuit – I’m not entirely sure why but I think it’s just down to the fact that you can overtake here. So it’s something I enjoyed. It’s important as a racer to enjoy what you’re doing: that way, you get the best performance out of yourself.
“Now I’ve got a chance to recharge before heading to Barcelona because from then on, everything comes quite thick and fast. It was a slower start to the season and what happens now is that the schedule gets quite quick: all the rounds are coming thick and fast, one round after the other.
“As for Barcelona itself, it’s a track that we’ve tested at a lot, so I know it very well. There are no real secrets there: it’s just a question of maximising the knowledge we have and putting together a package which should hopefully work.”