Renault Sport Academy Driver Jack Aitken is primed and ready as the first official test of the 2018 FIA Formula 2 Championship gets underway at the Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France this week (6th-8th March).

Jack, who was recently promoted to the role of Renault Sport Formula One Team Third and Reserve Driver, will drive in the series with French outfit ART Grand Prix, who he spent last season with racing in the GP3 Series.

This will be Jack’s third outing in Formula 2 machinery having completed the end of season test in Abu Dhabi last November, before a brief spin at the series shakedown in Magny Cours last month.

The 22-year-old British-Korean finished 2017 as runner-up in GP3 and has high hopes for this season which kicks off with three days of testing in the south of France, before further testing in Bahrain ahead of the season opener in the Persian Gulf in April.

“I’m very excited as it will be my first proper Formula 2 test, even though we’ve done the shakedown already,” Jack said.

“I didn’t get too much of a feel for the car in Magny Cours, so this will be an interesting few days. We’re hoping the weather plays kindly, it looks like it might be a little bit wet, but it will still be useful.

“We’ll be aiming to rack up the laps and try to work through the new car, figure out set-up and see where we are. Going for absolute lap times will be nice, but it’s not at the top of our priority list.”

It’s been a busy year to date for Jack having signed for a third year of Renault Sport Academy affiliation before accelerating his role with the team to Formula One Third & Reserve Driver which has already seen him attend the opening Barcelona test as part of his duties.

“It’s been very interesting, I was at the Formula 1 test in Barcelona last week,” he explained. “I spent a lot of time in the garage with the engineers, watching the runs, speaking with them as well as speaking with Nico and Carlos. I was trying to watch everything that was going on and learn as much as I can.”