Rookie Samaia joins Aitken at Campos

by Joe Ellis

Williams Racing’s new F1 reserve driver Jack Aitken will continue with the Spanish Formula 2 team Campos Racing for the 2020 FIA Formula 2 season.

It will be the Brit’s third season of F2 racing after joining the Spaniards in 2019 following his debut season at ART.

He will be joined in the bright orange car by Brazilian Guilherme Samaia who spent 2019 in the Euroformula Open championship where he scored one podium in his eight races.

Aitken will be hoping to build on an impressive 2019 with Campos as he secured wins at Baku, Silverstone and Monza on his way to fifth in the standings.

He said: “Formula 2 delivers some of the closest and hardest racing that you will find anywhere in the world, so, I’m really happy to be getting back to it in 2020. It was important to find a race drive for this year, and it was logical to build on the excellent work we did with Campos Racing last year to go for another season. 

“Campos Racing is a team made up of excellent individuals and I look forward to a new way of working with my race engineer Miguel and all of the rest of the guys. Last year we were fifth in the championship, but we were challenging for wins and the championship throughout the whole season, so that’s what we need to try and do again: build the season as a whole and make progress step by step.

“Last year we did a great job by winning three times. This year we will carry on that work by going for even more wins and the Championship itself.”

Samaia enjoyed a fruitful test with Campos in December. Credit: FIA Formula 2

Samaia’s own ambitions may be slightly lower for his rookie season in F2 but he does have seat time in his pocket already after impressing Campos at the post-season test in Abu Dhabi in December.

He said: “I’m really happy to join Campos Racing team for the 2020 Formula 2 season. I feel I couldn’t be in a better place to come into the championship. Campos Racing showed strong and solid results last year and throughout their whole history.

“They are a very professional and reliable team. I am lucky to have such an experienced team and team-mate with me, which I will learn a lot from. I’m confident that together, we will be a strong presence this season.

“I would like to thank my sponsors and all those around me that made this possible. Joining F2 is a major step on my career, I feel ready to face the challenges it will bring me. I can’t wait to get started in this new era of Formula 2.”

The duo will begin their march to F2 glory in the Bahrain desert on March 21-22.

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