Renault Sport Academy Driver Jack Aitken stormed to an impressive maiden FIA Formula 2 victory in Spain with a commanding performance in Sunday’s Sprint race.
After finishing the Feature race sixth, Jack lined up in third on the grid for the second race. He stormed off the line and into the lead by turn one at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, passing Renault Sport Formula One Team stablemate Artem Markelov.
Jack then built up a healthy advantage in the opening quarter of the 26-lap Sprint. A number of Virtual Safety Cars allowed the chasing pack to close the gap, but Jack held his nerve to take the chequered flag and 15 points by over 1.5s. Jack moves up to sixth in the Drivers’ Championship on 43 points.
Next up for Jack is Wednesday’s Formula 1 in-season test in Spain, as he takes the wheel of the Renault R.S.18 for the first time.
After that, Jack will head to Monaco for his first outing on the famous Principality streets for the fourth round of the Formula 2 series.
Jack Aitken: "To get my first win is really great and we did it in challenging conditions with a wet-dry track at the beginning of the race. We pulled out a big gap at the start and even with the Virtual Safety Cars cutting that lead, we still had really good pace. We managed to come home quite comfortably. We tried the undercut in the Feature race, it didn’t work out but sixth place was still solid points. It’s a solid base to move onto one of the most important races of the calendar, so I’m looking forward to Monaco."