Renault F1 Team Test Driver Jack Aitken, Development Driver Guanyu Zhou and Academy man Anthoine Hubert are back in action this weekend, as the 2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship gets underway on the Formula 1 support bill in Bahrain.

Jack, eleventh in the series last season, has switched teams to Campos Racing for 2019 as he bids for a shot at the title. Jack enjoyed a positive winter testing programme and recently travelled with the Formula 1 team to Melbourne for the Australian Grand Prix.

Chinese teen Guanyu enters his rookie season in Formula 2 after spending the last three seasons in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship. Guanyu was amongst the top rookies in the recent winter tests in Jerez and Barcelona.

Reigning GP3 Series champion Anthoine Hubert steps up to the primary Formula 1 support category this year with BWT Arden.

Jack Aitken, #15, Campos Racing: “After what has felt like a very long break, I’m extremely excited to be heading to Bahrain for the first race. We had a very productive set of tests, and I’m sure we’ll start the season well. Attending the Australian GP was a nice way to prepare and it was cool to see the Formula 1 season kick off. Now I have the final preparations to get through before heading out to Bahrain.”

Guanyu Zhou, #7, Uni-Virtuosi Racing: “I’m excited for what is coming up this week. It’s the start of a new championship with a new car, new circuits and new things to learn. So far over testing, it’s been good. The speed was there throughout pre-season, which is promising. We have lots to analyse and I aim to put everything together in order to have a positive first race weekend in Formula 2. I aim to be on the podium as soon as possible, but for now, I will concentrate on making the best start to the season.”

Anthoine Hubert, #19, BWT Arden: “It’s time for the first race of the season in a new category, a new car, a new team and also a new circuit for me in Bahrain. Both winter tests were quite tough, we were clearly missing some pace, but we have worked hard over the last couple of weeks to identify our areas for improvement. It’s going to be a challenge, but I’m really looking forward to being in Bahrain and feel the adrenaline of racing again. I’ve really missed that feeling!”