Jack Aitken: “It was a great result for the team”

2016 GP3 Series Round 7 Autodromo di Monza, Italy. Saturday 3 September 2016. Jack Aitken (GBR, Arden International) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service. ref: Digital Image _SBB8690

A third place start left Jack Aitken feeling optimistic for the race ahead – especially after having taken victory at the previous round at Spa-Francorchamps – however, the Briton was unable to challenge his team-mate in the latter stages of the race for the win.

“It was quite a tough race. We were expecting it to be a little easier, especially after we had got past Charles Leclerc and made relatively easy work of him,” Aitken told gp3series.com. “We were quite strong early on.”

“Then Jake Hughes decided started to push. I maybe could have had a go at Jake Dennis a bit earlier but the plan was always to have a bit of a gap because when you start fighting around here you lose a lot time.

“I did end up losing a bit of time in the dirty air. We could have had more and realistically it was a great result for the team and lots of solid points.

As often is tyres were the talking point following the race, with Aitken commenting on the unpredictability of the Pirelli tyres.

“It’s not really the same tyre degradation that we’re experienced at previous rounds. You can still be doing quick times near the end. The fastest lap was posted near the end so any mistakes you make can be punished.”

Following the weekend’s results the Briton now sits in sixth place of the GP3 Series standings on 89 points.