Renault academy driver Jack Aitken will make his FIA Formula 2 Championship debut in 2018 with the ART Grand Prix team.
The 22-year-old, a multiple Formula Renault 2.0 champion, finished runner-up to Mercedes protégé George Russell in the GP3 Series championship standings last year.
Aitken featured in the Formula 2 end-of-year test session at Abu Dhabi with the ART team. He was recently re-signed to Renault’s young driver program for a third year.
“I am delighted to sign with ART GP for another year, taking on the challenge of F2,” said Aitken.
“I have made a lot of friends here, and I have the confidence in them and myself that we can have an even better season together this year.
“We will aim high, and push hard. Rookie or not, I want to be challenging at the front like always.”
The ART Grand Prix team, co-founded by Nicolas Todt and Sauber team principal Frédéric Vasseur, is expected to announce Russell as Aitken’s teammate for the 2018 Formula 2 season.
The French outfit ran Nobuhara Matsushita and Alexander Albon in the 2017 Formula 2 season. The team finished a distant fourth overall in the Teams’ Championship standings with Matsushita claiming a pair of Sprint Race victories.
|WHO IS JACK AITKEN?|
|Full Name||Jack Aitken|
|Nationality||British / Korean|
|Born||23 September 1995, London (GBR)|
|2013||Formula Renault 2.0 NEC. Fortec Motorsports. 16 races, 5 podiums, 2nd overall.|
|2014||Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0. Fortec Motorsports. 14 races, 1 win, 4 podiums, 7th overall.|
|2015||Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0. Koiranen GP. 17 races, 5 wins, 8 podiums, 1st overall.
Formula Renault 2.0 Alps. Koiranan GP. 15 races, 4 wins, 7 podiums, 1st overall.
Pro Mazda Winterfest. Team Pelfrey. 5 races, 3 wins, 4 podiums, 1st overall.
|2016||GP3 Series. Arden International. 18 races, 1 win, 7 podiums, 5th overall.
Euroformula Open Championship. RP Motorsport. 4 races, 2 wins, 3 podiums, 8th overall.
Spanish F3 Championship. RP Motorsport. 2 races, 1 win, 7th overall.
|2017||GP3 Series. ART Grand Prix. 15 races, 1 win, 6 podiums, 2nd overall.|
|2018||FIA Formula 2 Championship. ART Grand Prix*
Formula 1. Renault Sport F1. Young Driver Program.
* Denotes season in progress
Images via FIA Formula 2 Championship and Jack Aitken