Renault Sport Formula One Team’s Third & Reserve Driver Jack Aitken and Test & Development Driver Artem Markelov are back behind the wheel this weekend as the FIA Formula 2 Championship returns on the Grand Prix bill at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium.
Jack is aiming to rediscover the form he showed at the beginning of the year as he hopes for a bright end to the season with eight races still on offer. The 22-year-old sits 10th in the Drivers’ Championship on 61 points. Spa proved the turning point for Jack in GP3 in 2016, recording six podiums from the final seven races.
Artem remains in the title fight in fourth place on 114 points and aims to repeat his performance from twelve months ago in the Ardennes when he took an unlikely Feature Race victory after starting from ninth on the grid.
Jack Aitken: “I’m looking forward to Spa. It will be a good chance to get a positive result after the break where we’ve had chance to look at various things and have some holiday time. Spa is a place we’ve done well at in the past, I had my first GP3 win there in 2016 and we’ve shown good core speed in recent rounds. We have every chance of going there to challenge for pole position and wins.”
Artem Markelov: “I’m excited to resume the Formula 2 championship at Spa. It’s a circuit I enjoy racing at and I took a win there last season, which is very memorable. It was nice to have a break for a couple of weeks to reflect on a busy summer, but I’m feeling refreshed now and ready to fight on track and pick up as many wins and points as possible!”
In GP3, Renault Sport Affiliated Driver Anthoine Hubert is targeting extending his Championship lead at the top of the standings. Anthoine currently occupies top spot in the support series on 129 points, 15 ahead of his nearest rival. The French driver has two wins, a further four podiums and three fastest laps to his name so far, this year.
Anthoine Hubert: “It’s time to attack the second-half of the season. After a strong beginning, I’m more than motivated for the four remaining rounds. I enjoyed the training camp at Col du Peuch with the Renault Sport Academy during the break and I feel ready for Spa, which is one of my favourite tracks in the world!”