Captain Jack Aitken is our latest FIA #F2 pic of the week.
Chosen obviously due to his maiden feature race win, the BIG one, as they say. Jack had previously won in Formula 2, albeit the sprint race last year in Barcelona. The ‘Giuliano Alesi’ race – or the niche market – carries less weight, even though no one will refuse some additional points and podium champagne-fest attached to Sunday’s F2 racing.
Both Formula 2 contests proved to be way more entertaining than F1 in Baku, and I mean waaayy more! Whether it’s down to simpler cars, tires or aero, I don’t know. The entire Formula 2 / Formula 3 organization has this air of joie de vivre about it, while Formula 1 projects an image of pure misery and despair (oh dear, not another Mercedes win, this is what’s written all over media’s faces). Maybe it’s because Formula 2 is essentially a Franco-Italian undertaking? I would have to assume fake Italian stallions and incorrect Frenchmen somehow infiltrated F1 then…
Going back to JA, he’s the kind of guy who can easily imitate George Russell and make his way in Formula 1 with Renault’s support. It’s always been my theory that champions in lower categories never perform well on F1’s circus arena, consumed by hungry for success tigers or crocodiles. I mean look at Alonso, Vettel or Raikkonen, no F3000 or GP2 championships on their CV and one Nick Heidfeld (or Liuzzi!) who came into the sport with a lot of hype in motoring press and achieved limited results. Only Lewis and Nico defied my rather odd unifying theory of F1, circumstances playing a major role (massively dominating teams / cars).
We move on to Barcelona, traditionally the afternoon siesta type of circuit with zero overtaking. I’m pretty hopeful of more on-track shenanigans. After all, Formula 2 is joined for the first time ever by its younger sibling, the all-new FIA Formula 3.