Renault Sport Academy Driver Jack Aitken clinched his first FIA Formula 2 podium after going from the back of the field to second place in a dramatic Feature race in Baku last weekend.
Jack lined up in seventh on the grid for the race, but stalled as the lights went out, meaning he had to restart his ART Grand Prix from the pit lane. Fortunately for Jack, a safety car on the opening lap allowed him to catch the pack up in 18th place.
By lap 15 of the 29-lap race, Jack had worked his way up to twelfth and was on the hunt for picking up a top ten finish.
And it got better for the 22-year-old with a second safety car intervention on lap 20 bunching the field up once again. Jack was quick on the restart and sensible into turn one, moving from ninth to fourth.
A smart move on Sergio Sette Camara meant Jack was in the podium places heading into the latter stages of the race. He then made his move on Antonio Fuoco for second place, passing him at turn three on the penultimate lap. With a race win marginally out of reach, Jack held his cool thereon to claim second place and his first Formula 2 podium.
In the Sprint race, Jack again stalled on the line, recovering to an 11th place finish while also claiming the fastest lap of the race.
Jack Aitken: “Overall I’m pretty happy with the Baku weekend. Coming all the way from last to second after stalling in race one has to be one of the best races I’ve ever done! And to be fastest man out there in race two on a track I’d first seen this weekend, gives me a lot of confidence in our set-up. Of course, two stalls this weekend has left us pretty dissatisfied, and we have to work as a team to have a better procedure. But I’m looking forward to Barcelona and we have the pace to win!”