Renault Sport Formula One Team’s Third & Reserve Driver Jack Aitken wants to follow up his maiden FIA Formula 2 podium in Baku with another in Spain as the championship heads to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for round three.
It’s been a mixed start to the Formula 2 season for Jack, who sits seventh in the Drivers’ standings on 20 points.
He enters the first European round of the season on the back of some positive momentum after storming from the back of the field to second place in a thrilling drive in Azerbaijan.
Preparation for Barcelona has been a little different to normal for the 22-year-old who enjoyed a three-day demo event in the south of France, driving a Renault-powered E20 Formula 1 car.
And it was also revealed on Monday, that Jack would drive a contemporary Formula 1 car for the first time next Wednesday when he gets behind the wheel of the Renault R.S.18 on day two of the Formula 1 in-season test.
Jack: “It’s the first conventional track of the calendar after the two flyaways, including a street circuit in Baku. I think the pace should be good in Barcelona. It’s a circuit all drivers know well, as we’ve been there a lot and done a lot of laps there. We’re looking to build on the podium at the last round and get some more points on the board. We made a good start in Barcelona this time last year in GP3 with the pole position, so there’s no reason why we can’t do that again.
“It’s been a bit of fun driving the E20 over the last few days and it’s been more of a holiday than anything else! I’m looking forward to the Formula 1 test in the R.S.18, but I’m trying to keep that out of my mind until the Monday. It’s all focus on Formula 2 until then.”