Renault Sport Academy Driver Jack Aitken endured an up and down weekend in Belgium (25-27 August) which saw him record a fourth podium finish of the season as well as a disappointing 18th following a collision. But the ART man is aiming to brush that aside and go again in Italy as he sets his sights on chasing down championship leader George Russell.
Jack currently trails his team-mate by 36 points in the GP3 Drivers’ Standings after his compatriot took a win and a second at Spa to pull away at the summit.
But Jack remains well in the title mix following his second place in the opening Feature race last Saturday. The 21-year-old battled hard from fourth on the grid and calmly held off Nirei Fukuzumi to grab the 18 points.
In Sunday’s Sprint, Jack looked bright from the lights after starting from seventh. He weaved his way up to fifth before misjudging an overtake into Le Combes which forced him out of the running with a puncture.
Jack boasts a decent record at Monza following a successful outing there last season. He took a second place in the Feature race from third on the grid before coming fifth in the Sprint around the Temple of Speed.
Jack Aitken (ART, #1)
2nd – 101 points – 10/16 races completed
"Back to back races are always nice as we can get straight back to it. Monza is another track where you can race well so there should be plenty of chances, and maybe even some wet weather from the look of it! It’s one of my favourite circuits and I’m putting in the work to be ready for it. We’ve got some ground to make up in the championship.”
Round Six: Monza, Italy (BST +1)
Friday, 1st September
Practice – 18:15
Saturday, 2nd September
Qualifying – 09:45
Race 1 – 17:50
Sunday, 3rd September
Race 2 – 09:00