Jack Aitken will have a shot at redemption in next year’s FIA Formula 2 Championship after signing to drive for Campos Racing.
The Anglo-Korean driver, who finished runner-up to George Russell in the 2017 GP3 Series standings, moved with his compatriot to join ART Grand Prix’s line-up in Formula 2 in 2018 while also being announced as a junior driver for the Renault Formula 1 team.
While Russell would ultimately go on to win the championship and secure a Formula 1 race seat with Williams, Aitken’s season – which started promisingly with victory in the Barcelona Sprint race – proved inconsistent and he slumped to eleventh overall in the Drivers’ Championship standings.
Aitken drove for Campos Racing during the end-of-season Formula 2 test at Abu Dhabi before his appointment was announced.
“I’m extremely excited to start working with Campos after a promising start in post-season testing,” Aitken said of his appointment.
“They have the ambition and ability to compete at the very top, and although there’s plenty of work to be done, I’m confident we’ll be up to it come Round 1. We are aiming for the top, nothing less.”
Campos Racing president and ex-F1 driver Adrián Campos added: “We are delighted to have Jack join our team.
“He is an extremely talented driver and putting all elements together we will fight for top honours. We will aspire to the highest goals with our work and Jack’s natural talent.”
Campos Racing could prove a challenging environment for Aitken – once considered a junior open-wheel racing prodigy – to prove he has the talent to make it all the way to F1.
The Spanish team finished seventh overall in the Teams’ Championship standings with drivers Luca Ghiotto, Roy Nissany and Roberto Merhi, claiming five podium finishes.
|2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship – Provisional Entry List|
|Carlin Motorsport||Nobuharu Matsushita||Louis Delétraz|
|ART Grand Prix||Nikita Mazepin||Nyck de Vries|
|DAMS||Sérgio Sette Câmara||Nicholas Latifi|
|UNI Virtuosi Racing||Guan Yu Zhou||Luca Ghiotto|
|Prema Racing||Mick Schumacher||Sean Gelael|
|Charouz Racing System||TBA||TBA|
|Campos Racing||Jack Aitken||TBA|
|Trident Racing||Giuliano Alesi||TBA|
Image via FIA Formula 2 Championship