Renault Sport Academy Driver Jack Aitken is back behind the wheel this weekend as the FIA Formula 2 Championship heads to Baku, Azerbaijan for round two of the season.
The opening round in Bahrain proved mixed for Jack, as he furthered his understanding of the new Formula 2 car. The British-Korean left the Middle East with two-points after taking ninth place in the Feature race, before technical issues in the Sprint hampered any chance of another top ten result.
But the 22-year-old, driving for ART Grand Prix, is primed and ready to take on the first street circuit of the Formula 2 calendar in the Azeri capital.
The last time Jack took on a street circuit was in Pau during the 2015 Formula Renault 2.0 Alps series.
Track action begins at 11:00 local time for a 45-minute practice session, before qualifying at 15:00. The 29-lap Feature race gets underway at 12:00 on Saturday with the Sprint on Sunday at 13:10.
Jack Aitken, ART Grand Prix, #7:
“Baku is not really your conventional street circuit so it’s going to be a challenge to get to grips with it, especially in a 45-minute practice session. Looking at it, I think there are some sections which are more straightforward than others. It helps a lot if you can put down a car which is in the right ball park with set-up, as that helps you get to grips with a circuit a lot quicker. The other thing we’ll be keeping an eye on is the switch from prime to option tyres. It will be a much more rubbered in track come qualifying and the jump is something like 5 or 6 seconds, so it’s a much quicker lap time and you have to get to that level quickly, which will be an interesting challenge.”